Perkins History

Kevin Hartigan leans against a display in the Perkins museum while speaking to a group of visitors
August 20, 2015
Tour guide Kevin Hartigan introduces visitors from around the world to the remarkable story of Perkins School for the Blind.
Helen Keller and John F. Kennedy are leaning forward and smiling at one another. Keller’s assistant, Winifred Corbally, sits between them, communicating into Keller’s hand via tactile sign language.
August 18, 2015
Many know Helen Keller as an advocate for people with disabilities, but did you know she was also a suffragist, civil rights pioneer and ambassador?
Aerial view of Perkins School for the Blind's campus
June 26, 2015
Canadian documentary puts the spotlight on Perkins School for the Blind, from Helen Keller to the modern day.
Deborah and Molly looking at the book in the Perkins student library
May 13, 2015
Antique raised-print book returned 159 years after it was printed at Perkins School for the Blind.
Archive b&w photo of three men standing around an old brailler
April 6, 2015
For more than 60 years, the Perkins Brailler has made it easier for people who are blind to communicate with the world around them.
Cake in the shape of the Howe building
March 2, 2015
On March 2, Perkins celebrates the day it was chartered as a school for the blind.
Vintage photo of children in a classroom
February 20, 2015
Perkins’ mission to educate children who are blind has always extended far beyond our Watertown campus.
Helen Keller and Mark Twain.
February 9, 2015
Helen Keller was world-famous as an author and activist. But did you know she had a secret love interest?
Inside pages of embossed book
November 28, 2014
You never know what you’ll find in the lower level of Perkins, where a treasure trove of historic artifacts is waiting to be discovered.
Perkins student in wheelchair touching large stone sculpture.
September 14, 2014
Tracing Helen Keller’s footsteps at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

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