The Heard Museum will begin planning to expand a long-term exhibit that documents the experiences of tens of thousands of American Indian youth in federal boarding schools with a $60,445 planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Remembering Our Indian School Days: The Boarding School Experience, which opened in 2000 in the East Gallery of the museum, will be ultimately expanded and reinterpreted. The funding will also pay the cost of setting forth plans for creating a traveling exhibition which will be sent to other museums around the country, two smaller traveling panels exhibits to be used locally, and publication of a catalogue that would study the experience of those attending boarding and tribal schools between the late 19th century and today.
Originally planned as a three-year exhibit, Remembering Our Indian School Days has remained popular with audiences since it opened 15 years ago and continues to surprise the museum’s visitors and news media with its content and impact. Many have said after viewing it they were unaware of this chapter in American history.