Perkins History

Six boys in old-fashioned clothes stand around a wooden table, conducting a science experiment
March 1, 2017
Perkins students have always used hands-on methods to study science, from botany to astronomy.
A birds-eye view of the globe, with a student touching it.
February 6, 2017
The Perkins Globe started as a teaching tool for students like Helen Keller, and 180 years later people still want to touch it.
Five Perkins students stand on stage in Roman costumes.
February 1, 2017
A lack of vision has never stopped Perkins students from performing some of the world’s greatest plays.
Anne Sullivan fingerspells into the hand of a young Helen Keller, who stands next to her
January 10, 2017
For more than 180 years, Perkins has been pioneering ways for people with deafblindness to communicate with others.
A statue of a woman and two children
December 2, 2016
She died 44 years ago, but students in Thailand still gather every year to commemorate the life of Genevieve Caulfield.
Helen Keller talking with 3 kids.
November 28, 2016
Helen Keller’s remarkable legacy of generosity and advocacy can inspire us all.
A class photo of the first-graders who wrote to Dave Power, with their teacher
November 22, 2016
Nearly 50 years after her death, the story of Perkins’ most famous student fascinates a new generation of youngsters.
Hands positioning pegs on an old-fashioned arithmetic slate
November 4, 2016
Mathematics has always been taught at Perkins, but the tools and techniques have evolved over the past century.
An open book with embossed letters and braille characters
August 16, 2016
The book that revolutionized the world by introducing braille is a highlight of the Perkins Archive collection.
A man sews a striped mattress
August 10, 2016
Perkins’ research librarian rediscovers six alumni who went on to serve in the Massachusetts State Legislature.

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