Haskell Indian Nations graduation rxhibit on fisplay at 1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum

The stunning and vivid photographs of the Haskell Indian Nations graduation, taken by local artist David Alleyne, will be on display at the 1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum throughout the month of May. The exhibit will be open during regular museum hours, Wednesday through Saturday from 1-5 pm, May 3 until May 31.

For more than 117 years, American Indians and Alaska Natives have been sending their children to Haskell, and Haskell has responded by offering innovative curricula oriented toward American Indian/Alaska Native cultures.

Haskell has an average enrollment of over 1000 students each semester. Students represent federally recognized tribes from across the United States, and are as culturally diverse as one can imagine. Students select programs that will prepare them to enter baccalaureate programs in elementary teacher education, American Indian studies, business administration, and environmental science--to transfer to another baccalaureate degree-granting institution, or to enter directly into employment. Haskell continues to integrate American Indian/Alaska Native culture into all its curricula. This focus of the curriculum, besides its intertribal constituency and federal support through the Bureau of Indian Affairs, makes Haskell unique and provides exciting challenges as Haskell moves into the 21st century. (Taken from www.haskell.edu)

David Alleyne was born and lived in New York City until attending Bard College, Annandale-on Huston, NY, from which he received a B.A. in English Literature. He lived in New York City for several years as a publishing poet, and became very tired of being poor. With encouragement from friends visiting New York, he attended the University of Kansas School of Law, and practiced in the Kansas City area and lived in New York City before returning to KCMO to work for the U.S. Department of Education, where he ultimately served as Chief Regional Attorney before retiring.

After retirement, David Alleyne continued writing and became more serious about photography, emphasizing nature and American Indian pow wows. He has exhibited extensively in Lawrence, KS, and in the Kansas City metro area. Along with this exhibit, he presently has exhibits at the Westport Public Library, the Kansas City Indian Center, and at the Schlagle Library.

The 1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum is located at 4000 Baltimore, KCMO. Find us on the web at www.westporthistorical.com, and on Facebook under “1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum” and “Westport Historical Society.” For more information, please contact the Westport Historical Society at 816-561-1821.

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