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Exhibit tells Native America boarding school stories

Students pose for a photo at the entrance to Chemawa Indian Training School near Salem. (Courtesy Clatsop County Historical Society)
Thursday, April 15, 2021

Clatsop County Historical Society’s Heritage Museum is the first stop on a traveling exhibit, “Away from Home: Native American Boarding School Stories.”

The exhibit can be viewed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through May 25 at the museum, 1618 Exchange St., Astoria. Admission is $5.

Astoria is the only location on the West Coast for the traveling exhibit, which was made possible by NEH on the Road, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Beginning in the 1870s, the U.S. government attempted to educate and assimilate American Indians into “civilized” society by placing children of all ages and diverse tribes into distant boarding schools. Many children went years without family contact.

The exhibit contains stories of resilience and revitalization along with descriptions of human indignities, hardships and terms that reflect historically racist perspectives and language. It’s recommended for adults and children in grade eight and above.

Tom Torlino on his first day at the Carlilse Indian School in Pennsylvania.

Tom Torlino after three years at Carlisle.

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