Perkins History Museum

Laura Bridgman

Perkins student Laura Bridgman was the first person with deafblindness to learn to read and write.

Anne Sullivan

Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller dramatically changed the world's perception of individuals with disabilities.

Helen Keller

Helen Keller, who attended Perkins, is considered by many to be a leading figure of the 20th century.

First Kindergarten for the Blind

The Perkins Kindergarten, opened in 1887, drew pupils from all over the country.

Beginnings of Deafblind Education

Deafblind education has evolved from the days of Laura Bridgman to the 21st century.

Visit the Museum

Schedule a free guided tour through the Perkins Museum by filling out a tour request.

Hayes Research Library

The Hayes Research Library is a resource for researchers, the Perkins community, professionals, parents and the public.

Perkins Archives

The Perkins Archives include collections related to the history of Perkins and the education of the blind and deafblind.

Maps Project staff WPA Projects at the Howe Press

From 1935-1938 the Howe Press ran two Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects during the Great Depression.

4 Kindergarten girls, standing in a line and holding their hands in fists, one above the other, play the "wheelwright game". Ten Cents in His Pocket

With his memory of wishing he had "ten cents in his pocket" while studying at Perkins, Stephen Blaisdell left his fortune to Perkins students.

Title page with dedication to the king of France. First embossed book for the blind

Printed in 1786, Essai Sur L'Education des Aveugles, by Valentin Haüy is the first embossed book printed for use by people who are blind.