Perkins School for the Blind
This collection contains memorabilia about Perkins 1987 Centennial Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony. Contents include photographs, a guest book and one commemorative Julia Ward Howe envelope.
Jane Pipik, 2019
Perkins School for the Blind did not originally accept any students younger than nine years old. However, Perkins trustees and directors were aware of the need to assist and safely educate younger children. Michael Anagnos, the second director of the Perkins School for the Blind and son-in-law of founding director, Samuel Gridley Howe, worked for the establishment of a kindergarten for the blind, writing appeals and directing fundraising efforts.
The United States’ first-ever Kindergarten for the Blind was established in Jamaica Plain, MA in 1887. The first class consisted of only 10 pupils; by 1895, over 70 children were enrolled. Originally open only to children from New England, eventually children from around the country were admitted. The curriculum was modeled after early education visionary Friedrich Froebel’s first kindergarten, and included music classes and manual arts training.
The Kindergarten remained separate from Perkins School for the Blind until 1913, when both schools moved to their current campus in Watertown, MA. The Kindergarten was integrated into Perkins’s curriculum, expanding instruction through sixth grade, and was renamed “the Lower School.”
“First Kindergarten for the Blind.” Perkins School for the Blind, https://www.perkins.org/history/legacy/kindergarten
“Kindergarten for the Blind Correspondence Collection.” Perkins School for the Blind, https://www.perkins.org/history/archives/collections/finding-aids/kindergarten
“Kindergarten for the Blind Digital Photographic Collection.” Perkins School for the Blind,
“Kindergarten Funds Collection.” Perkins School for the Blind, https://www.perkins.org/history/archives/collections/finding-aids/kindergarten-funds
“Perkins School for the Blind Archives”, Digital Commonwealth Massachusetts Collections online, https://www.digitalcommonwealth.org/institutions/commonwealth:6d570760d
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This collection contains color photographs and one guest book from the Perkins 1987 Centennial Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony. Additionally, Julia Ward Howe commemorative envelope notes existence of video of ceremony. Video is available at the Perkins Hayes Research Library Video # 18, VHS format, 30 minutes.
No series: arranged chronologically
Key to Abbreviations:
B1:F1 = Box 1: Folder 1
B1:F1: Twenty-seven color, 4 x6 inch photographs, 1987
B1:F2: Julia Ward Howe commemorative envelope, 1987
B1:F3: Guest book in box: 45 signatures, 1987
Perkins School for the Blind.
Perkins School for the Blind--History.