Sunday, October 28, 2012

Mailbox Monday


Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday! MM was created by Marcia, who graciously hosted it for a long, long time, before turning it into a touring event (details here).

Marcia is hosting again in October.  The sign-up post is here, where you can find links for all the participants.

I got one book last week, from OSU Press. It looks like a super-interesting history of the Sherman Institute, an off-reservation boarding school for Native American children that still operates as the Sherman Indian High School.


The Indian School on Magnolia Avenue: Voices and Images from Sherman Institute, edited by Clifford E. Trafzer, Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert, and Lorene Sisquoc.

This collection of writings and images focuses on the earlier years of the school in Riverside, California.  The federal government opened this flagship institution in 1902, seeking to transform American Indian students into productive farmers, carpenters, homemakers, nurses, cooks, and seamstresses.

The book is a compilation of documents from the Sherman Indian Museum examining the building of Sherman, the school’s Mission architecture, the nursing program, the Special Five-Year Navajo Program, the Sherman cemetery, and student life.  There is also a photo essay depicting life at the school.


  1. Hi Gilion,

    This sounds like a really interesting book about the culture of the American Indians, just the kind of book that you can open up randomly and always find an interesting snippet of information to read.

    I have just expanded my voluntary work by a couple of hours a week, to help out with a local museum, archiving old Land Registry documents and recording them onto computer. This is something I know that I am going to enjoy and in fact I hope to start on a new project soon, recording all the old local newspapers articles which were relevant to the local area.

    It is so important to have records about local places and people and to record our heritage for future generations.

    Thanks for sharing your great book and I hope that you enjoy it.


  2. Sounds very interesting. I love to read books that I learn from.
    Here's My MM

  3. I think this does sound like an interesting book. And the fact that the school was in Riverside, which is where my grandparents lived when I was growing up, only intrigues me more.

  4. It does sound like an interesting read!

  5. I'll bet it's a fascinating book.

  6. Sounds good, I hope that you enjoy it.

  7. That sounds very interesting...thanks for sharing.

    Silver's Reviews


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