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Oct 2, 2022
We Are Equal Exhibit
Then & Now Exhibit
The Life of Robert Panara Exhibit
Deaf Peace Corps Exhibit
Language, Culture, Communities
Deaf HERstory Exhibit
Andrew J. Foster Exhibit
History Through Deaf Eyes
Deaf Difference + Space Survival
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National Deaf Life Museum
Olof Hanson Exhibit
The National Deaf Life Museum’s first exhibition, Olof Hanson, Conspicuous Leader (1862-1933), opened on October 22, 2009, and closed on October 1, 2011.
The exhibit focused on the life of the deaf architect, advocate, and clergyman Olof Hanson. “The purpose of this exhibit is to share the depth and richness of the history of deaf people and their influence on the world,” said Dr. Jane Norman, ’68, director and curator of the Gallaudet University Museum.
The opening of the exhibit in the Weyerhaeuser Family Art Gallery and Exhibition Hall, located in the I. King Jordan Student Academic Center, attracted a large audience of students, staff, faculty, and visitors, all welcomed by Provost Stephen Weiner.
“Great universities have great museums,” said Dr. Weiner, holding up a full-page notice on the importance of museums at institutions of higher learning from a recent issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. He added, “This is your museum. It belongs to the people of Gallaudet.”
The exhibition curator, Tabitha Jacques, ’06, said the exhibit “explores the context of what life was like for some deaf people during Hanson’s time.” (Source: Gallaudet Today, Winter 2010 issue.)
This exhibit gives viewers a greater understanding of deaf history, and on a larger scale, of American History. Many leaders during Olof Hanson's time worked together to preserve deaf history and culture.
The exhibit is made possible partially through the generosity of the class of 1958 and the Friends of the National Deaf Life Museum. Photographs and Documents, provided by the Gallaudet University Archives. Photograph of Juneau, Alaska Courthouse, provided by Michael Olson Private Collection.
The Olof Hanson, Conspicuous Leader, 1862-1933 exhibition was featured at the Weyerhaeuser Family Art Gallery and Exhibition Hall in the I. King Jordan Student Academic Center at Gallaudet University in the fall of 2009 and replaced during the summer of 2011 with the current exhibition, Making a Difference: Deaf Peace Corps Volunteers.
Gallaudet University, chartered in 1864, is a private university for deaf and hard of hearing students.
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