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Oct 2, 2022
We Are Equal Exhibit
The Life of Robert Panara Exhibit
Olof Hanson Exhibit
Deaf Peace Corps Exhibit
Language, Culture, Communities
Deaf HERstory Exhibit
Andrew J. Foster Exhibit
History Through Deaf Eyes
Deaf Difference + Space Survival
Gallaudet at 150 and Beyond Exhibit
National Deaf Life Museum
Then & Now Exhibit
Although nostalgia can be bittersweet, psychologists have found that it improves our mood and connects us with others. We look to the past as a means of finding ourselves in history, seeking reassurance that future generations will look back at us, prolonging our legacy.
Our Then and Now exhibition compares Gallaudet’s past and present over its 150-year history. What historical moments look familiar to you? Would the people in the older photographs recognize elements from today’s images?
If you carefully look at this photo, you will notice something very interesting: The construction of the Washington Monument was not completed. Construction began in 1848 until it was put on hold in 1854 due to the Civil War, then resumed from 1879 until it was completed in 1884. (Photo courtesy of Gallaudet University Archives
As you can see, landscaping and road layouts remain as in 1880. But sadly, the view of the U.S. Capitol and the Washington Monument from Kendall Green has been obstructed by row houses and trees. (Photo courtesy of Shane Dundas, G-’11 & ’16
The National Deaf Life Museum published a comparative history on the 1918 and 2020 pandemics in Our Story Supplement on April 1, 2020.
The National Deaf Life Museum would like to thank the exhibition team members for their contribution and for making the Then & Now rotating exhibition a reality.
Gallaudet's Then and Now Online Exhibit funded by the Class of 1965.
Then and Now exhibition was unveiled on April 8, 2014, along with Gallaudet at 150 and Beyond and Andrew J. Foster: Missionary, Educator, and Advocate exhibitions as part of Gallaudet University's sesquicentennial celebration.
A visual comparison photo from 1950 and 2014 of Gallaudet University as part of the Then and Now online exhibit.
As of 2014, Gallaudet University has more than 19,000 alumni and more than 50 Alumni Association chapters worldwide. With about 81 students on campus in 1869 and 1994 in 2012, the University has a large campus size of up to 99 acres.
The graduation gowns and caps are black colored. This link navigates pictures of the 1907 members of the graduating class and 2008 undergraduate commencing their program.
This is an excerpt from the Centennial Song by Taras Bruce Denis in 1964. In 2014, Gallaudet had regional centers in California, Texas, Illinois, Massachusetts, Hawaii, and Washington, D.C.
The university has an incredible culture of rewarding, beautiful maidens as Queens. In 1977, Carolyn McCaskill was recognized as the first African-American Miss Gallaudet pageant winner, while in 2010, Alicia Balzer was given the recognition.
The University also had expressive interpreters like Elizabeth Benson, who interpreted for President Lyndon B. Johnson at the Centennial Banquet in 1964, and Adam Bartley, who interpreted for the U.S. Summit for Global Citizen Diplomacy in 2010.
Learning experience also extends to sporting, as several are performed in the university through the establishment of clubs such as the Cycling Club. Most of the pictures were usually take in front of Faculty Row.
The classrooms are well equipped and spacious to enhance learning. There is an Education and an Honors Class.
Students can have an excellent time outside the campus too. This is because of the Gallaudet Pharmacy soda fountain and ice cream stand, and the Union Market for socialization, studying, shopping, and dining.
On the gridiron, there was a football team at Chapel Hill in 1917, and the picture shows the joy expressed by the team after entering the NCAA Division III playoffs in 2013.
Gallaudet University student’s express good sportsmanship and school spirit. In 1987, the cheerleaders formed a pyramid to celebrate an event, and in 2007, pictures are seen of them on race tracks dancing.
A visual comparison photo from 1885 and 2011 of Gallaudet University's lecture hall as part of the Then and Now online exhibit.
For the hungry, the university makes provision for a snack bar and lunch at the marketplace. The students enjoy this because it is a time to get together briefly and share their learning experiences.
Gallaudet University, chartered in 1864, is a private university for deaf and hard of hearing students.
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