Perkins History

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.
Kevin Hartigan leans against a display in the Perkins museum while speaking to a group of visitors
August 20, 2015
Tour guide Kevin Hartigan introduces visitors from around the world to the remarkable story of Perkins School for the Blind.
Helen Keller and John F. Kennedy are leaning forward and smiling at one another. Keller’s assistant, Winifred Corbally, sits between them, communicating into Keller’s hand via tactile sign language.
August 18, 2015
Many know Helen Keller as an advocate for people with disabilities, but did you know she was also a suffragist, civil rights pioneer and ambassador?
Aerial view of Perkins School for the Blind's campus
June 26, 2015
Canadian documentary puts the spotlight on Perkins School for the Blind, from Helen Keller to the modern day.
Deborah and Molly looking at the book in the Perkins student library
May 13, 2015
Antique raised-print book returned 159 years after it was printed at Perkins School for the Blind.
Cake in the shape of the Howe building
March 2, 2015
On March 2, Perkins celebrates the day it was chartered as a school for the blind.
Inside pages of embossed book
November 28, 2014
You never know what you’ll find in the lower level of Perkins, where a treasure trove of historic artifacts is waiting to be discovered.


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