Student body on the grounds of Carlisle Indian School, 1884. Photo by John N. Choate. Courtesy of Cumberland County Historical Society, Carlisle, PA.
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Student body on the grounds of Carlisle Indian School, 1884. Photo by John N. Choate. Courtesy of Cumberland County Historical Society, Carlisle, PA.

Lectures and Workshops

Stolen Lives: Remembering Carlisle Indian Industrial School

Saturday, November 5, 2:00 p.m.

The Autry: Irene Helen Jones Parks Gallery of Art

Admission: 
Included With Museum Admission/Free for Autry Members

About the Event

Between 1879 and 1918, over 10,000 American Indian children were taken to Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania as part of a U.S. government off-reservation Indian boarding school program designed to erase their identity as Native people. Separated from their families and tribe, these children faced multiple hardships, including disease, isolation, overwork, and physical and sexual abuse. Almost 200 graves at the Carlisle cemetery are testimony to the genocidal practices that took place under the guise of federal-sponsored education for Indians.

As we near the 100th anniversary of the school's closing, descendants and tribal members are actively investigating the impact of this dark history, drawing from Carlisle's photographic and print archives. Artists Shan Goshorn and Emily Arthur will discuss their recent research at Carlisle and the school's impact on their studio practice and private lives. The Autry's Chair of American Indian Studies Nancy Marie Mithlo will moderate.

Sponsored by Dr. Loren Lipson