Native Children and the Forest Grove Indian Training School

Native Children and the Forest Grove Indian School

A presentation by archivist and researcher Eva Guggemos

Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 11 am

At Five Oaks Museum

On the PCC Rock Creek Campus

17677 NW Springville Rd, Portland OR 97229

On unceded Kalapuyan land


Until a few decades ago, it was U.S. federal policy to take children away from Native American families and place them in boarding schools. These schools punished students for any expression of their Native cultures or languages.

One of the earliest such boarding schools opened in Forest Grove in 1880 and operated there until 1885. Its descendant, Chemawa Indian School, is still open today in Salem. The school has had profound and lasting effects on the tribes of the Pacific Northwest. This talk will include images and maps of the school, and will speak on the forces that drove its founding. It will also describe the daily life of students and how we can confront the boarding school systems legacy of trauma.

Admission is free for members, and $12 for general admission. Purchase tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets using keywords “Five Oaks Museum”.

Ticket proceeds will support the creation of an after-school art program for students at Chemawa Indian School.

Eva Guggemos is the Archivist and an Associate Professor at Pacific University in Oregon. Previously, she was the Research Services Librarian at Yale Universitys Rare Book Library. She has an M.A. in History from Yale University, a Master of Library Science from Simmons University, and a B.A. from the University of Kansas. At Pacific, she has spearheaded a project to digitize all the university’s records related to the Forest Grove Indian School, which later became Chemawa Indian School in Salem. Her current project is a book on the Forest Grove Indian School.

Presented in conjunction with

This IS Kalapuyan Land

Exhibit open now until June 20th