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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
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 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
Winning, losing, and learning through sports
Sports helped deaf students forge a special bond. Players learned sportsmanship, leadership, and teamwork. Students rooted for their classmates.
Regional competitions with other schools for deaf children routinely drew large deaf audiences and were a time of celebration and sharing.
Gallaudet players in this 1927 photo are in “signal practice” for an upcoming football game. Gallaudet is considered by many to be the home of the football huddle. Players started using the huddle in the late 1800s to prevent opposing teams from learning their plays.
Gallaudet University Archives, Number 14692-6A
Gift of Reuben I. Altizer, ’30
Deaf athletes competed against students from public schools and from other schools for deaf students. Here, the 1898 football line-up of the Colorado School for the Deaf poses for a team photo.
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
Teams from Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Arkansas, and Alabama shiver in the snow, above, as they pose for the southern basketball tournament photo in February 1928.
Tournaments brought together deaf students and alumni from different schools, and intense rivalries made for some high-spirited play.
North Carolina School for the Deaf Historical Museum
Gallaudet University, chartered in 1864, is a private university for deaf and hard of hearing students.
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