Perkins Archives Blog

Photograph of Mount Auburn Cemetery showing gravestones, a tree, and the Chapel in the background.
November 26, 2019
Mount Auburn's connections to notable Perkins figures of the 19th Century.
Young man sitting at a table typing on a brailler
October 8, 2019
Learn about some possible topics for 2019-2020 National History Day projects focusing on this year's theme: Breaking Barriers.
A film still of Deafblind Circus.
September 20, 2019
The Deafblind Circus, put on by students and staff in the Deaflbind Program at Perkins, was filmed and is now part of Perkins Film Collection.
woman sitting on a rock, holding a brimmed hat in her hands
August 9, 2019
In her letters to Helen Keller during the summer of 1959, Nella Braddy Henney included updates about a particularly persistent raccoon family.
Collage of images from the Archives Instagram posts
July 25, 2019
What have been our most popular posts?
Female students playing on a playground in 1908
June 18, 2019
Play had an important role in a Perkins education since it's inception.
smiling elderly woman sitting in a chair, resting her right arm on a table
May 10, 2019
Mary Grace Knap Burtt was a Perkins student and teacher, but she also opened a school of her own in China for girls who were blind.
A woman with visual impairment explores the Touch this Page exhibition.
April 17, 2019
Almost three years ago the Perkins Archives was approached with an idea of using 3-D printing technology to create an exhibit.
Helen Keller and Polly Thomson engaged in conversation via tactile fingerspelling while seated in Adirondack chairs on the grass
March 14, 2019
Polly Thomson spent 46 years as Helen Keller's companion and interpreter but is relatively unknown. Who was she? And how did she get the job?
Group of female students work on knitting. There are three girls seated and two of them are knitting. Six girls are standing.
February 25, 2019
A guest blog post about how Perkins students contributed to the World War II relief efforts.