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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
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
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Home Skills – Training in sewing,...
Like other Americans of the 19th and early 20th centuries, most deaf people worked in trades. Schools for deaf students were among the first in the nation to offer vocational training in addition to academic courses. Sewing, cooking, and hairstyling were some of the classes offered for deaf girls.
Nutrition, menu planning, and shopping for food were among the skills taught in schools. These girls are learning how to follow a recipe in a cooking class at the Kendall School in Washington, D.C., in 1925.
Gallaudet University Archives
Students from the North Dakota School for the Deaf pose for a picture to demonstrate the variety of skills they are learning in sewing class. In addition to sewing their own clothes, girls were often responsible for darning and mending clothes for boys and younger children at the school.
State Historical Society of North Dakota – 0258-14
Home Skills – Training in sewing, cooking, and hairstyling
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