The public is invited to celebrate the first year anniversary of the Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center, located inside of Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road.
The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, with guest speakers inside the PISVC who attended the government boarding school or who worked at the school. There will be four speakers at the top of each hour: 10 a.m. 11 a.m., Noon and 1 p.m. The public is invited to ask questions during these presentations. In addition, the documentary, “We Were Children,” will be shown inside Memorial Hall.
There will be food trucks, Indigenous food samples and information booths set up in the Circle of Life area just south of the building. The dining hall, which predates Arizona statehood, will also be open for public viewing.
The gallery inside the PISVC will be open for tours and features trophies, photos, and old news articles about the Phoenix Indian School. The event is free and open to the public.
“This will be a day of celebration as well as introducing many people, for the first time, to the history of government boarding schools for American Indian children,” says Michael Mazzocco, kitchen consultant for the PISVC.