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Winning, losing, and learning through sports
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
Lincoln signs act of congress to authorize Columbia Institution for the Deaf and Dumb and the Blind to confer degrees
Little Paper Family: Deaf students turn to newspapers and magazines
Home Skills – Training in sewing, cooking, and hairstyling
From Asylum to School: Families pool their resources
Family ties: Deaf children away at school get creative for writing to parents
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
Home away from home: Schools for the Deaf
Thousands of young deaf people came to residential schools to live and study together. A new culture was born, enriched by each passing generation that came to include folklore, poetry, oratory, games, and jokes, as well as distinctive rules of etiquette and sign naming practices.
The language that would be known as American Sign Language in the late 20th century was becoming more standardized. From this common language and common experience arose an American Deaf Community.
Before most families had automobiles, many deaf children took the train to school. Some remember wearing a note pinned to their clothes asking the conductor to put them off at the correct stop.
Here, Anna Schuman, far right, leaves home in Little Falls, Minnesota, in 1916 to catch a train for the Minnesota School for the Deaf in Faribault. Also shown are her mother, father, aunt, and sister.
Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf c. 1916
Deaf children often had to travel great distances to school. Some stayed for nine months of the year, returning home only during summers.
Ivy Stewart Shipman, a 1916 graduate of the Missouri School for the Deaf, used this trunk to bring her belongings — dresses, combs, nightclothes, and two dolls with her to school.
Collection of the Missouri School for the Deaf
Gallaudet University, chartered in 1864, is a private university for deaf and hard of hearing students.
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