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Indian School in Tomah, Wisconsin

Indian School in Tomah, Wisconsin | Postcard | Wisconsin Historical Society
Exterior view of the Indian School.
Exterior view of the Indian School.
Image ID:38079
Creation Date: 1910
Creator Name:Unknown
Collection Name:Place File*
Original Format Type:prints, photomechanical
Original Format Number:Tomah.3
Original Dimensions:5.5 x 3.5 inches
Opened in 1893, the Tomah Indian Industrial School was intended to teach Indian children how to shed their cultural background and to become more like white, middle-class Americans. Funded primarily by the federal government, Indian boarding schools were established throughout the United States in an attempt to acculturate Indians to "American" ways of thinking and living. The children's time was carefully monitored, with boys receiving instruction in agriculture or trade and girls in the domestic arts.
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