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Alele Museum and Library

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The Alele Museum, Library, and Archives in Uliga, next to the RMI Court House, was reopened in September, 2013, after extensive renovations.

Upstairs is the library, which features a colorful children’s room and a separate Pacific Islands collection room. There are many treasures to be found in this room… but you’ll have to hunt them out.

Officers from the visiting Coast Guard vessel Rush and US Ambassador Tom Armbruster at the Alele Museum. Photo: Alele Museum

Officers from the visiting Coast Guard vessel Rush and former US Ambassador Tom Armbruster at the Alele Museum. Photo: Alele Museum

The museum is downstairs and spread over three rooms. While small, it is a charming exhibit featuring items relating to traditional Marshallese navigation, warfare, tools, instruments, decorative handicrafts and jewelry, and clothing. Descriptions accompany each object, along with beautiful historic photographs, many of which come from the Joachim deBrum collection. At the time of writing, the museum was being cared for by American Carol Curtis.
The Alele can be found on facebook at: Alele Museum & Public Library. Their web site link is below.
The phone number is (692) 625-3372.

 

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“Alele” is a Marshallese traditional basket like the picture in left, a soft-sided plaited bag made from pandanus leaf, which use to hold one’s family’s most valuable possessions in Marshallese custom. The eldest woman of the family keeps the basket and it passes on to the next eldest female down the line.

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