Thousands of students attended Carlisle in its 39 years of operation. There are countless stories to tell about Carlisle Indian Industrial School. Stories of trauma and triumph. Stories of pain and resilience. Stories of loss and survival. We offer some of these stories in digital format below. Help us bring these stories to life by donating toward the heritage center and museum we plan to build in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Do you have a personal story to share about Carlisle or the boarding school era? Do you have photographs, articles, or memorabilia from Carlisle that has been passed down through your family? We want to hear from you! We want to create a legacy that honors the thousands of students who attended Carlisle and thousands more who attended other boarding schools, and we need your help to create that legacy. Please share your story of any length below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHaggw_Za7g Zitkála-Šá: Trailblazing American Indian Composer The story of Zitkala-Sa (Gertrude Simmons Bonnin) who won the citizenship battle and was the first Native woman to write an opera inspired by the most sacred ceremony among the Plains Tribes. It was a way to instruct the colonizers about the importance of Indian culture in a language
written by Sandra Cianciulli
Carlisle by the Numbers
39 years of operation
186 graves of children who died while attending
Hundreds of boarding schools, both private and government-run, were modeled after Carlisle.
Thousands of Students
We want to honor the legacy of the children who attended Carlisle by building a heritage center and museum near the original school site. You can support this vision by donating, by contacting us to arrange a visit, or by sharing our website or social media. Every donation and every piece of information you share helps educate the public and keep these stories alive.