Perkins History

A teacher sits and works with a young girl who is deafblind pressing a switch.
October 24, 2019
While affirming special education is a right, U.S. Senator Ed Markey lauds Perkins as a model for the rest of the country.
A blind woman crouches down and holds her guide dog's paw in her hand.
October 16, 2019
The answers to all your most pressing questions about service pups.
A woman with visual impairment navigates the Touch this Page exhibition.
February 27, 2019
“Touch this Page” teaches a modern lesson using 19th century literacy tools.
Robert Chaney, dressed in a suit, stands in a yard with a monkey on his shoulder.
February 15, 2019
The new set of handwritten notes, photographs and more shines an informal light on the life of Perkins School for the Blind’s most famous alum.
Two people unveil a large painting of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan.
October 11, 2018
The library’s 125th anniversary highlights the deep connection between Perkins and history’s most famous deafblind person.
Helen Keller stands at a podium with her hand on a woman's face before a crowd of thousands.
May 1, 2018
Filmmaker Laurie Block uses the deafblind icon's life to show how attitudes toward people with disabilities have evolved over the last century.
Helen Keller sits and talks with JFK.
February 16, 2018
A look back at the deafblind icon’s relationships with seven U.S. presidents.
An archival photo of 8 teachers standing on the Perkins campus
December 6, 2017
Perkins has a long history of training educators of students who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired.
The Boston Common Christmas Tree lit up at night
November 30, 2017
Annual gift from Nova Scotia honors Halifax Explosion relief efforts by Perkins and other local institutions.
A group of young boys kneel at the edge of a pond with white geese, in black and white.
September 21, 2017
Since 1912, students have enjoyed ice skating, rowing and learning about the Perkins Pond’s wildlife and ecosystem.

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