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Heard Museum to Expand Indian School Days Exhibit

PHOENIX — The Heard Museum plans to expand “Remembering Our Indian School Days: The Boarding School Experience,” which opened in 2000 in the east gallery of the museum.

The exhibit will be expanded and reinterpreted as a long-term exhibit documenting the experiences of tens of thousands of American Indian youth in federal boarding schools after receiving a $60,445 planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The funding will also pay the cost of setting forth plans for creating a traveling exhibition that will be sent to other museums around the country, two smaller traveling panels exhibits to be used locally, and publication of a catalog that would study the experience of those attending boarding and tribal schools between the late 19th century and today.

The exhibit, originally planned as a three-year exhibit, has remained popular with audiences since it opened 15 years ago.