Michael J. Kirwan Educational Television Center

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Michael J. Kirwan Educational Television Center
Michael J. Kirwan Educational Television Center is located in American Samoa
Michael J. Kirwan Educational Television Center
Location Route 118, N. side of Utulei, Utulei vicinity, Western District, American Samoa
Coordinates 14°16′41.1997″S 170°40′59.3148″W / 14.278111028°S 170.683143000°W / -14.278111028; -170.683143000Coordinates: 14°16′41.1997″S 170°40′59.3148″W / 14.278111028°S 170.683143000°W / -14.278111028; -170.683143000
Area less than 1 acre (0.40 ha)[2]
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 09000842[1]
Added to NRHP October 23, 2009[1]

The Michael J. Kirwan Educational Television Center, also known as KVZK-TV or KVZK Building, is a historic and current educational television center in the Western District of American Samoa.[2]

The National Park Service describes it as follows:

Completed in 1964, the Kirwan Center was part of a bold, post-war development program designed to modernize American Samoa's local educational system by, among other things, initiating an extensive educational television program. With the establishment of the new educational programs in the Kirwan Center facility, lesson plans could now be televised to the most remote villages in the six islands of American Samoa. The innovative television educational program housed at the Center was considered the first of its kind in the "underdeveloped world" and garnered considerable attention from educators and large and small countries that saw similar programs as potential catalysts for transformation of their own regions.[3]

It's named for U.S. congressman Michael J. Kirwan, from Ohio, who took an interest in the development of American Samoa.[2]:18

The building was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on October 23, 2009.[1]

It's an unpretentious building, constructed of concrete foundation, concrete walls, and a corrugated iron roof.[2][1] The listing was announced as the featured listing in the National Park Service's weekly list of November 13, 2009.[4]:#

The building is still used for educational television programming.


  1. ^ a b c d "Announcements and actions on properties for the National Register of Historic Places". Weekly Listings. National Park Service. November 13, 2009. Retrieved January 2, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d Kathy Gordon-Cox, James Malae (August 25, 2009). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Michael J. Kirwan Educational Television Center / KVZK-TV, KVZK Building, AS-25-044" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2010-01-02.  (31 pages, with 2 photos from 2009)
  3. ^ "Weekly Highlight 11/13/2009 Michael J. Kirwan Educational Television Center, Tutuila Island, Western, American Samoa". 

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