Perkins History

In a vintage photo from the 1930s, two young men work on an automobile engine
February 18, 2016
From its earliest days, Perkins School for the Blind has worked to prepare students for job opportunities after graduation.
A page shows two kinds of tactile writing, the standard alphabet and a raised-dot system
January 21, 2016
Fascinating facts about the history of writing systems for people who are blind, and how literacy continues to evolve in the 21st century.
Sue and Larry Melander with a large leather volume
January 6, 2016
Historic Perkins correspondence from 1828-1910 is now searchable online, thanks to two dedicated Archives volunteers.
Laura Bridgman stands next to teacher Sarah Wight and signs into her hand. Both are wearing 19th century outfits.
December 22, 2015
In the 1800s, Perkins student Laura Bridgman was the second most famous woman in the world, after only Queen Victoria.
Charles Woodcock shakes hands with a smiling Ray Charles and gives him a braille plaque
November 23, 2015
Throughout Perkins’ history, remarkable people have stepped forward to help children who are blind achieve their dreams.
Helen Keller and Polly Thomson visiting a veteran in a hospital bed
November 11, 2015
From braille to guide dogs, veterans have been front and center in many life-changing innovations in the blindness field.
Bill Lowell talking with colleagues at Perkins.
November 9, 2015
Perkins Trustee Bill Lowell contributed his time and talent to Perkins, just as the Lowell family has been doing for generations.
Helen Keller seated at her desk
November 4, 2015
The inspirational deafblind icon is the obvious choice to appear on the United States’ first tactile currency note.
A person at a printing press
October 30, 2015
From the archives: Perkins alumnus Dennis Reardon overcame tremendous odds to become a gifted architect and inventor.
The Howe Building sits on a small hill, behind sparse trees on the banks of the Charles River. People in three canoes paddle on the river.
October 20, 2015
Since 1912, Perkins School for the Blind’s historic campus in Watertown, Mass. has evolved to meet the needs of its students.

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