Stewart Indian School Cultural Center and MuseumThe vision becomes reality!
2018 Marks Another Year of Progress
Thanks to Governor Brian Sandoval and the Nevada Legislature, we have approved state funding to produce a new permanent exhibit about the history of Stewart Indian School. With Capital Improvement Project Funding, the State Public Works Division has contracted with Gallagher & Associates, a nationally known exhibit design company in Washington, DC, to assist our staff in the exhibit design. Assisting these designers will be consultants Samantha Williams, PhD candidate at UC Santa Cruz, who is conducting research, and local artists Melissa Melero and Ben Aleck, whose relatives attended Stewart. We also will be guided by the Stewart Cultural Advisory Committee composed of Stewart alumni and relatives of alumni. Our first workshop is April 9, 2018 from 11-5, at the Nevada Indian Commission Conference Room, in Carson City.
Cultural Center Staff
I’m so honored to be the museum director for the Stewart Indian School Cultural Center and Museum. I came to Nevada for the first time in May 2017 to accept this position. I’m very fortunate to build on the foundation of research and funding support of the Stewart Indian School that Sherry L. Rupert, executive director of the Nevada Indian Commission, and Chris Ann Gibbons, curator, have established. I previously worked at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, KS, which used to be a government boarding school for Native children like Stewart. At Haskell, I helped to design and operate the Haskell Cultural Center and Museum. I’ve also worked as a museum professional in other museums and have curated many exhibitions and educational programs using museum collections. There are many unique things about the Stewart Indian School that I am excited to share through our new museum and an exhibition illustrating the stories of Stewart alumni and the changes at Stewart over its 90 year history. The cultural center is a part of the Stewart Indian School Living Legacy and Master Plan that honors the students from Stewart and interprets the 110-acre campus as a former government boarding school that has evolved into a cultural heritage destination.
Chris Ann Gibbons began with the Nevada Indian Commission in 2005 and is currently the Curator for the Stewart Indian School Cultural Center and Museum. As Curator, Chris primarily works on organizing and preserving the archival documents, photographs, and artifacts that tell Stewart’s history and feels very fortunate to be part of the team responsible for opening the Cultural Center and Museum. Chris is a graduate of Southern Oregon University with a degree in History and minors in both Native American Studies and Art History. Currently, she is working on obtaining a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from the University of Oklahoma. Before coming to the Commission, Chris worked in educational outreach and programming for the Southern Oregon Historical Society.