Museum receives congressional tribute


The office of Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (Ind-MP) has offered a tribute to the lone museum in the CNMI.

During the CNMI Museum’s 20th anniversary last Friday, Sablan and his staff presented museum staff with a congressional record that recognized the tremendous progress it has achieved in less than a year.

Sablan said he feels it necessary to pay tribute to the amount of work that was put into the museum’s restoration.

“The special part about this is that there is a desk in there that I was told belonged to my grandfather…it’s touching because there was someone I didn’t get to know that is being honored by the desk he used,” he said.

“In just two months, you could see the energy that everyone was putting into the restoration of the museum so we could make it a place of pride for the Northern Marianas…almost four months after my first visit, it was just wow, how did you get this done,” he added.

Sablan was just amazed by the progress made in the museum’s rehabilitation because, in the seven years before CNMI Museum executive director Daniel Aquino came on board, the museum was not touched. “Now, here it is in six months…I was so impressed,” he said.

Sablan also presented tributes to each government and private agency that offered assistance in the restoration of the museum.

Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
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