Perkins History

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.
A black and white photo of students standing with rakes
July 21, 2017
Perkins students have learned vocational skills, as well as sensory exploration, through horticulture for more than a century.
An older woman in a dress holds a dog's front paws as he stands on his back legs.
June 27, 2017
As we celebrate Perkins' most famous student's birthday today, let's take a look back at her words of wisdom.
A student athlete jumps through the air as other students watch from the sidelines
May 30, 2017
Perkins has always been a leader in encouraging students who are blind to participate in sports and athletics.
A woman with short hair stands in front of a small airplane.
May 23, 2017
What do a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, a female aviation pioneer and an iconic author have in common?

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