After much anticipation, and thanks to a generous donor, the newest museum to Carson City, the Stewart Indian School Cultural Center and Museum reopened on July 20th. In their press release Stewart explains more details of the reopening and donation.

“The Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum will reopen to the public on Monday, July 20, thanks to a generous donation from the family of a former Stewart Indian School principal. Opened in January and closed to the public in March because of the current health crisis, the Cultural Center faced severe budget cuts. However, with a donation $50,000 to support the museum’s operation, the staff can now reopen to the public Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., except on state and federal holidays.

“We are thrilled that the families of Albert Hawley and Martha Berger have chosen our museum for this gift,” said Museum Director Bobbi Rahder. “The timing was absolutely perfect.”
Hawley, of Gros Ventre and Assiniboine descent, worked at Stewart Indian School for a total of sixteen years as boys’ adviser, athletic director, reservation principal, and principal. He attended Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kan., in the 1920s, played center on the football team from 1925-1927, and was elected team captain. Hawley was a Naval Officer in the US Navy during World War II. He also earned a master’s degree at Stanford University. In 1966, he was recognized by the Department of Interior with the Distinguished Service Award for his work in Indian Service. Hawley was inducted into the American Indian Hall of Fame in 1973 and the Stewart Hall of Fame in 1974.

Berger was a long-time resident of Carson City. She passed away in 2019 at the age of 100. A lifetime professional in banking, Berger also worked for the State of Nevada, and left a trust fund to benefit several Carson City organizations.

Jan Leonard, granddaughter of Hawley and niece of Berger, presented the cash donation to museum staff last week. In addition to the donation, the family will install a memorial bench at Stewart in honor of this family that has a long history at the school.”

Visit Carson City is elated to have one of Carson City’s most special places, historically and scenically reopen to continue to tell the stories and history of Stewart’s alumni that so many have never heard. If you have not been to the Stewart Campus or the museum, it’s a must-see when in Carson City.

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