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Winning, losing, and learning through sports
Together in the dorms: Community life at boarding school
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
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
Trades and Training for Boys
Most schools offered courses in printing, shoemaking, and woodworking, baking, and tailoring for boys. Many graduates used the skills and trades they learned in school to enter these and other occupations. A few went on to college.
Shoemaking and shoe repair was one of the earliest trades taught to boys at schools for deaf children. Boys made and repaired shoes for fellow students, teachers, and sometimes local residents.
In addition to creating a marketable product, students learned how to use machines and tools. Some graduates opened their own shoe repair shops.
Gallaudet University Archives, Number 13143-25
These students from the Clarke School for the Deaf in Massachusetts are learning to make a desk.
CLARKE School for the Deaf/Center for Oral Education
Kentucky School for the Deaf
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