Perkins History

A young Perkins student sits on a hobby horse while Tommy Stringer reclines on the grass.
May 11, 2017
When she was just 10 years old, Helen Keller launched a fundraising drive to help a poor boy who was deafblind come to Perkins.
A young Helen Heller reads a large braille book, which is in her lap
April 25, 2017
Keller was never afraid to take unpopular positions, as she did when she argued that William Shakespeare didn't write his plays
Mayor Walsh and Commissioner McCosh with two Perkins students
April 14, 2017
During a visit to Perkins’ Watertown campus, the mayor learns about blindness education – past and present.
A young Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan face each other.
April 13, 2017
To celebrate Sullivan’s birthday on April 14, here are some surprising facts about Helen Keller’s teacher and friend
Six boys in old-fashioned clothes stand around a wooden table, conducting a science experiment
March 1, 2017
Perkins students have always used hands-on methods to study science, from botany to astronomy.
A birds-eye view of the globe, with a student touching it.
February 6, 2017
The Perkins Globe started as a teaching tool for students like Helen Keller, and 180 years later people still want to touch it.
Five Perkins students stand on stage in Roman costumes.
February 1, 2017
A lack of vision has never stopped Perkins students from performing some of the world’s greatest plays.
Anne Sullivan fingerspells into the hand of a young Helen Keller, who stands next to her
January 10, 2017
For more than 180 years, Perkins has been pioneering ways for people with deafblindness to communicate with others.
A statue of a woman and two children
December 2, 2016
She died 44 years ago, but students in Thailand still gather every year to commemorate the life of Genevieve Caulfield.
Helen Keller talking with 3 kids.
November 28, 2016
Helen Keller’s remarkable legacy of generosity and advocacy can inspire us all.

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