24-25 March 2023 Hybrid Conference about Native American Boarding Schools

Accessibility, Archives, and Native American Boarding Schools: Pathways for Catholic History, March 24-25, 2023

This announcement about the conference was drafted by Patrick Hayes.

This two-day, hybrid conference brings together academic historians and archivists to discuss Native American Boarding Schools and the recorded legacy of the Catholic Church in their operation, roughly from 1819 to 1969. The conference is sponsored by the American Catholic Historical Association and is funded through the ACHA’s SHARP grant—a one-year project designed to place historians, archivists, and members of Native communities in conversation and collaboration. 

Attendees at this two-day conference will hear from ten invited participants who were selected to present on their current or past work and the overarching theme of accessibility—to Catholic archival repositories, to new knowledge or understandings, to new issues affecting tribal histories, especially in relation to the Church, and so forth. They will present formal papers of 20 minutes in duration followed by questions and comments from the audience, both on-site and online. Over the course of two days, three contemplated sessions of an hour and a half each, plus another group round table will give closure to our conference. Registration details, along with the full program, may be found here:


Please save the dates: March 24-25, 2023. For further information, please contact the ACHA grant coordinator, Dr. Patrick Hayes (pjhayesphd@gmail.com).

Patrick Hayes, Ph.D.

Redemptorist Archives

Philadelphia, PA

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