Faninadahen Kosas Guåhan

History’s Guardian

Antonio “Tony” M. Palomo was a noted Guam historian and the administrator of the Guam Museum for eleven years (1995 – 2007).

Palomo was also a former journalist, senator and author. He wrote An Island in Agony, published in 1984, which tells of the experience of Chamorros during the Guam occupation of World War II. Palomo was ten years old when Japanese military forces attacked Guam on 8 December 1941.

Palomo was an editor of the Guam Daily News (predecessor of the Pacific Daily News), the Pacific Journal and a reporter for Pacific Stars and Stripes and the Associated Press. He served three terms as a senator in the Guam Legislature and then worked for the United States Department of the Interior for twelve years. Additionally, he served as presiding officer of the First Constitutional Convention of Guam in 1969 and 1970, which reviewed the Organic Act of Guam, and recommended changes to the federal-territorial laws regarding Guam. He also taught Guam history at both the University of Guam and Academy of Our Lady of Guam high school.

During his tenure at the Guam Museum, Palomo oversaw the operations of the museum at Adelup until it was forced to close after the destruction caused by Typhoon Pongsonga in 2002. Using his own resources and family members, he undertook the task of recovering the collections and moving them to a storage facility set up for the museum in Tiyan. He opened up satellite museum galleries at the Guam Premier Outlets in Tamuning and the Micronesia Mall that opened in April 2004 portraying the different historical eras of Guam.

Palomo sponsored the Annual Museum Week and actively sought out community partnerships to support the development and circulation of museum exhibits created for Guam’s school students, tourists and military personnel.

In 1999, Palomo wrote a comprehensive report about the Guam and the museum’s history and plans for its future that is the basis for the new Guam Museum’s permanent exhibit. By 2005, he helped start the movement that would lead to the financing and construction of the new Guam and Chamorro Educational Facility that would care for, preserve and showcase Guam’s unique cultural heritage. The facility is named in his honor.