Historical Society plans annual meeting

The Warren County Historical Society’s annual meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, in the main courtroom of the Warren County Courthouse. Following the meeting, at 7 p.m., guest speaker Jare Cardinal, director of the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum, will present “Coming to Cattaraugus: Asher Wright and the Thomas Indian School.”

Originally the Thomas Asylum for Orphan and Destitute Children, the Thomas Indian School was founded in 1855 by a Quaker missionary couple, the Rev. and Mrs. Asher Wright, along with financial backer, Philip E. Thomas to educate Seneca youth. Cardinal will discuss the reason for Native American boarding schools and the role of missionaries in the region to move assimilation forward. The Thomas Indian School was located about 30 miles south of Buffalo, N.Y.

Jare Cardinal has a master’s degree in history and museum/archives management from Bowling Green State University (Ohio). She has been a member of the board of trustees for the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum, the Native American Cultural Center (Rochester, N.Y.), Museum Association of New York, the Western New York Association of Historical Agencies, and presently for the Allegany River Valley Project.

The public is invited to attend this free event. For more information, call the Warren County Historical Society at 723-1795, visit www.warrenhistory.org, or like the Warren County Historical Society on Facebook.