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Walking Tour of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School

Saturday, April 6th, 2024



The Millersville Institutional Legacy Initiative and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion are arranging a trip to the campus of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. The Carlisle school was one of the most important boarding schools operated by the American government to forcibly assimilate Indigenous youth in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and it has some important connections to Millersville's history. The visit will be guided by Professor Frank Vitale, an expert on the school and its wide-reaching history.

The trip is scheduled for Saturday, April 6th. We will depart Millersville in a coach bus in the morning and be back on campus by late afternoon. Lunch will be provided.

There will also be a mandatory in-person pre-trip meeting on Thursday, April 4th with two time slot options to choose from: 12pm-1pm, or 5pm-6pm.


This trip is offered first-come, first-serve with limited spaces; students receive first priority for seats. You will be emailed with confirmation and further instructions if you have received a seat.


Tentative Schedule for Walking Tour
Time Activity
7:45 AM Assembly to leave Millersville
10:00 AM Walking Tour of Carlisle Barracks
12:30 PM Lunch at Dickinson College
2:00 PM Visit to Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections
5:00 PM Anticipated Arrival Back at Millersville


Trip Requirements:

  • Your spot on the trip is not confirmed until you have submitted all required paperwork to us by the stated deadline, and attended the pre-trip meet. Failure to submit paperwork on time, or attend the pre-trip meeting, excludes you from taking part in the trip.
  • This trip includes a visit to an active military installation, so you will be required to pass a federal government background check to attend this trip.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to participate in this trip.
  • You must have a valid government-issued photo ID (driver's license, passport, state identification card, etc.) to participate in this trip.
  • This trip will include continuous walking of up to 3 miles, and will occur outside. Appropriate footwear and clothing is required.

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