Perkins History

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.
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.

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