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Together in the dorms: Community life at boarding school
Trades and Training for Boys
State School in an Expanding Nation
Segregated Schools in the post-war South
Little Paper Family: Deaf students turn to newspapers and magazines
Lincoln signs act of congress to authorize Columbia Institution for the Deaf and Dumb and the Blind to confer degrees
Home away from home: Schools for the Deaf
Home Skills – Training in sewing, cooking, and hairstyling
From Asylum to School: Families pool their resources
Classroom learning for Deaf students
After school: Extracurricular activities at Gallaudet
A language shared by hand and heart: Laurent Clerc brings sign language from Paris
A place of our own: the first permanent school for deaf children
A solemn responsibility, a cup of consolation
National Deaf Life Museum
History Through Deaf Eyes
Formation of a Community
Family ties: Deaf children away at...
Many deaf children went away to schools before they could read and write, so parents had to be creative to communicate with their sons and daughters. Drawings and images cut from magazines helped parents send their affection and pass along news of home.
Students also used drawings and photos to share family life with school friends and school activities with family.
This father has come to bring his son home for Christmas. For some deaf children at schools, holidays were a rare chance to see their families, who might live hundreds of miles away.
Gallaudet University Archives c. 1947-1949
Courtesy of Jack R. Gannon
CLARKE School for the Deaf/Center for Oral Education – letter c. 1924
Pictures and Drawings helped students understand notes from home and feel a part of family events. At most schools, children were assigned a regular time during class every week to write a letter home.
Family ties: Deaf children away at school get creative for writing to parents
Gallaudet University, chartered in 1864, is a private university for deaf and hard of hearing students.
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