We are welcoming you back to live presentations with a Gala Picnic at the Old Fort Lewis in Hesperus, Colorado.
Date: Thursday, September 8th, 3:00 to 8:00 pm
What you should bring:
Where: The Old Fort, 18683 SH-140
From Durango - Option 1
From Durango - Option 2
Fort Lewis was established as an Army Post in 1880. Fourteen miles west of Durango it was intended for the protection of southern and western Colorado. It was decommissioned in 1891 and converted to a federal, off-reservation Indian boarding school. In 1911 an agricultural and mechanics high school was established under the jurisdiction of the Colorado A&M (present CSU) where students studied agriculture, forestry, engineering, veterinary science and home economics. In 1956 Fort Lewis College moved to its present location atop Reservoir Hill overlooking Durango. Beth LaShell, Director of the Old Fort, will discuss its history and its current mission to serve both students and the Community.
Beginning in 1892, Fort Lewis Indian School operated as an off-reservation boarding school designed to assimilate Indigenous children through vocational training and “Americanized” curriculum. Children from the surrounding Ute, Navajo, Apache, and Pueblo communities comprised the majority of enrolled students. Majel Boxer, FLC Associate Professor of Native American and Indigenous Studies, will discuss this period of time when the Indian school operated in Breen, Colorado, and the experiences Indigenous students, parents, and communities had as compulsory boarding school education brought them together at Fort Lewis Indian school.