School Tours

Students 7–12th Grade

Bring your students to the museum to experience Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories in person to trace the history of the U.S. government’s efforts to “kill the Indian and save the man.” The exhibition highlights the arrival of students, their classroom work, dorms and extracurricular activities. Many multimedia stations enhance the experience. The tour is approximately 45 minutes. Recommended for older students and adults.

Fill out the School Tours Inquiry Form to start the reservation process. One of our Education Staff will be in touch to finalize and confirm your visit.

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School Tours Inquiry Form

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    Tour Information

    Grade levels (Check all that apply):

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    Please Note
    - Free adult admission is extended to 1 chaperone per 7 students in grades 8 and below.
    - Free adult admission is extended to 1 chaperone per 10 students in grades 8 and above.
    Additional adult chaperones greater than the ratios above will be required to pay the adult group admission cost of $13.00 per adult.

    Date Preferences:
    Tours require a date selection of at least 2 weeks in advance.
    Guided tours are only available Monday- Friday. Self-Guiding Groups of students grades 8-12 are welcome 7 days a week.
    Choice 1:
    Choice 2:
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    What kind of tour are you interested in?
    Select only one. If you want to include a self-guided tour with a docent led tour you can select that option below.
    Self-guided (no docent) Grades 8-12Guided tour (docent-led) Grades K-12

    Tour Time
    9:30 a.m.10:30 a.m.Other

    If you need another time, please indicate below (selection must occur on the half-hour):

    Did you want to add a self-guided tour after your docent tour?
    Extend your visit past the docent-led tour. Students in grades 8-12, can self-guide. What is a Self-Guiding Tour? Your students can explore all the other galleries the Heard Museum has to offer while in the company of their chaperones. This is a great way to get your students engaged through a project or activity to further enhance what they take away from their visit.

    Do you plan to eat lunch at the museum?

    If yes, do you want to have lunch catered at the museum?
    For catered lunch options, please see the Student Box Lunch Menu Form

    If you plan to bring sack lunches during your visit, students may eat at the picnic tables outside of the Dorrance Education Building and within the Scott L. Libby, Jr. Amphitheater.

    Cost & Payment

    All payments must be made by the time of the tour. Please indicate your preferred payment method:
    Purchase OrderCheckCredit CardCashOther

    If paying with a Purchase Order please make sure that this is emailed to prior to your visit. If we do not have your P.O. on file when you check in, another form of payment will be required.

    Guided Tour: $20 per 60 students (teachers & chaperones included)
    Self-Guided Tour: $20 per 60 participants (includes students and all adults)

    Please provide us with any feedback or instructions concerning special accommodations:

    Cancellations & Changes Policy Agreement

    If you need to cancel your visit, please email Sharah Nieto at or call 602-252-8840 at least 3 business days in advance at 602.251.0212.
    No-shows will be charged a $25 cancellation fee.

    Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories Curriculum

    The Heard Museum is proud to make available this high school curriculum on the American Indian Boarding Schools as part of our longstanding commitment to documenting and sharing this important part of American history. The curriculum was created as a means to teach high school students about this lesser known experience. Included are activities that ask students to examine American Indian Boarding Schools with a critical and analytical eye. The activities can be used by English, Social Studies, and Art teachers individually or can be assigned across subjects. To download our most recent packet please fill out the form below.

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    Recommended Resources List for Teachers and Students

    You can download a pdf of the Resources List here.

    Recommended Educational Materials for Teachers

    Heape, Rich. Our Spirits Do Not Speak English (2008). “Circle of life” series (Rich-Heape Films)

    Adams, David Wallace. 1995. Education for Extinction: American Indians and the Boarding School Experience, 1875-1928. University of Kansas Press.

    Bahr, Diana. 2014. The Students of Sherman Indian School: Education and Native Identity since 1892. University of Oklahoma Press.

    Cobb, Amanda. 2000. Listening to Our Grandmothers’ Stories. The Bloomfield Academy for Chickasaw Females, 1852-1949. University of Nebraska Press.

    Coleman, Michael. 1993. American Indian Children at School, 1850-1930. University Press of Mississippi.

    Fear-Segal, Jacqueline & Rose, Susan. 2016. Carlisle Indian Industrial School: Indigenous Histories, Memories, and Reclamations. University of Nebraska Press.

    Mauro, Hayes Peter. 2011. The Art of Americanization at the Carlisle Indian School. University of New Mexico Press.

    Parkhurst, Melissa. 2014. To Win the Indian Heart Music at Chemawa Indian School. Oregon State University Press.

    Recommended Books for Students
    *Grade Levels are just suggestions, please review before assigning to students.

    Grade 1-3
    Littlefield, Holie. 2001. Children of the Indian Boarding Schools 1879 to present. Carolhoda Books.
    Loyie, Larry.2002. As Long as the Rivers Flow. A Groundwood Book.

    Grade 4-6
    Jordan-Fenton, Christy. 2011. A Stranger at home. Annick Press.
    Jordon-Fenron, Christy. 2010. Fatty Legs: A True Story. Annick Press.

    Grade 6-7
    Sterling, Shirley. 1992. My Name is Seepeetza. A Groundwood Book.

    Grade 8-12
    McCluskey, M.L. The McCluskey Boys: Adventures in an Indian Boarding School.
    Olsen, Sylvia. 2001. No Time to Say Goodbye. Sono Nis Press.

    Grade 10-12
    Giago, Tim. 2006. Children Left Behind: The Dark Legacy Of the Indian Boarding Schools. Clear Light Publishing.

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