Perkins student Laura Bridgman was the first person with deafblindness to learn to read and write.
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Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller dramatically changed the world's perception of individuals with disabilities.
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Helen Keller, who attended Perkins, is considered by many to be a leading figure of the 20th century.
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In 1786, Valentin Haüy, founder of the world’s first school for the blind in Paris, devised a printing system that could be read with the fingertips.
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The Perkins Kindergarten, opened in 1887, drew pupils from all over the country.
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Deafblind education has evolved from the days of Laura Bridgman to the 21st century.
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The Perkins Archives include collections related to the history of Perkins and the education of the blind and deafblind.
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A look back at the deafblind icon’s relationships with seven U.S. presidents.
Despite incorporating in 1829, Perkins did not officially open its doors to students until 1832. What took so long?
A guest blog post about Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan's close friendship with Joseph Edgar Chamberlin, written by his great-great granddaughter.
The Perkins Museum works in partnership with the Hayes Research Library and Perkins Archives to preserve the history of Perkins and blindness education and share it with the world.
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