Carlisle Journeys a biennial initiative of the cumberland county historical society


“Carlisle Journeys: Places of Memory and the Unfolding Stories from the Carlisle Indian School

October 5-7, 2018, Centennial Events Oct 2-7


The year 2018 marks the centennial of the closing of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania. Founded in 1879, Carlisle was the first government funded off-reservation boarding school for the assimilation of Native American Indian children into U.S. society.

For this biennial conference the Cumberland County Historical Society will be partnering with Dickinson College and the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition to bring workshops, guest speakers, panel discussions and a major art exhibition to broad national and local audiences.

We look forward to participation from the local, national and international communities. The Saturday, October 6th and Sunday, October 7, 2018 events will be held at the Historical Society. This year’s call for presentations is an invitation to share the stories of Carlisle and all Indian boarding schools in the U.S. and Canada. Please check back for more information as plans move forward.



Dr. John Bloom, Shippensburg University
Ory Cuellar (Absentee Shawnee)
Cara Holtry Curtis, Librarian, CCHS
Dr. Nikki Dragone, Dickinson College
Dr. Jacqueline Fear-Segal, University of East Anglia, England
Dr. Gary Gordon (Mohawk), Professor (Retired)
Jason Illari, Executive Director, CCHS
Barbara Landis, CIIS Archives and Library Specialist, CCHS
Matthew March, Education Curator, CCHS
Suzanne Reynolds, Volunteer, CCHS
Dr. Susan Rose, Dickinson College
Malinda Triller Doran, Special Collections Librarian, Dickinson College
Dovie Thomason, International Storyteller

Dr. Lindsay Houpt-Varner, Community Outreach Director, CCHS
Dr. Louellyn White (Mohawk), Concordia University, Montreal


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