YIPAP Commemorates 200th Anniversary of Foreign Mission School in Cornwall, Connecticut

Cornwall, Connecticut:  On June 17 and 18, 2017, the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program (YIPAP), alongside the residents of Cornwall, Connecticut, will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Cornwall Foreign Mission School. Just this past autumn, the Department of Interior placed the Foreign Mission School and specifically the former home of the School’s Steward, on the National Historic Landmark list. In response, Kauanoe Hoomanawanui (descendant of former FMS student Henry Ōpūkaha’ia) and Mary Kathryn Nagle (descendant of former FMS student John Ridge) in conjunction with Cornwall residents Ben Gray and Amy Johnson, along with Cornwall Historical Society and The United Church of Christ Congregational in Cornwall to ensure that the story of one of the United States’ first boarding schools is not forgotten. 

YIPAP Executive Director joins Kauanoe Hoomanawanui and Deborah Lee (descendants of former FMS student Henry Ōpūkaha’ia) at the home of Ben Silliman Gray, current owner of the Foreign Mission School Steward’s former home in Cornwall, Connecticut