Perkins History

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?
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.

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