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Winning, losing, and learning through sports
Together in the dorms: Community life at boarding school
Trades and Training for Boys
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
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 place of our own: the first permanent school for deaf children
A solemn responsibility, a cup of consolation
A language shared by hand and heart: Laurent Clerc brings sign language from Paris
National Deaf Life Museum
History Through Deaf Eyes
Formation of a Community
State School in an Expanding Nation
Following the example of the American School for the Deaf, other states began to establish schools for deaf children. Schools opened in New York in 1818, Pennsylvania in 1820, Kentucky in 1823, Ohio in 1827, and Virginia in 1838.
By the 1850s, twenty schools had been established; by the turn of the century, more than 50. Most states had residential schools, some more than one. Private and religious schools for deaf students became common in larger cities.
Devil’s Lake. When the school was founded in 1890, citizens of the town furnished the building free of charge. By the end of the first year, 23 students were enrolled and the school continued to grow.
North Dakota School for the Deaf c. 1881
Administrators and teachers kept in touch through meetings and correspondence. This letter from the Colorado Mute and Blind Institute to a teacher at the Kentucky Deaf Mute Institute shows the Colorado school building.
Kentucky School for the Deaf
An 1893 rendering of the proposed Pennsylvania Institution for the Deaf and Dumb shows several buildings, roads, and the entrance gate to the campus.
Gallaudet University Archives, Number 92-6, Engraver William R. Cullingworth
From H. Van Allen, “The Pennsylvania Institution” in Histories of American School for the Deaf, 1817-1893, ed. Edward Allen Fay (Washington, D.C., Volta Bureau.)
Gallaudet University, chartered in 1864, is a private university for deaf and hard of hearing students.
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