We are often asked, how did the Museum of Deaf History, Arts & Culture® first get started? Here is a little bit of information about our beginnings:
Who came up with the idea of building the Museum of Deaf History, Arts & Culture®? (MDHAC)
When a highway sign was set up on I-35 showing the location of the Kansas School for the Deaf, more people stopped by the school asking for information about their families, about former students, or former workers at the school in addition to information about deaf history, arts, culture and other related topics. Since KSD was not able to provide this service on a regular basis, board members brought up the idea of setting up a museum to provide all of these topics for the general public as well as the Deaf community.
The museum was first named as Kansas Educational Foundation, later named as Deaf Cultural Center Foundation, and is now named as the Museum of Deaf History, Arts & Culture, Inc.
What was the purpose of building the MDHAC®?
In addition to the Museum, there was a recognized need to educate the general public about the often overlooked, ignored and oppressed heritage and diversity of the rich and vibrant culturo-linguistic Deaf community and to share its truths and contributions to society.
What is the history of MDHAC® and how it was started:
In 1992, MDHAC [first named as Kansas Educational Foundation then later named Deaf Cutlural Center, now named as the Museum of Deaf History, Arts & Culture®] was looking to expand it’s horizons to showcase the history, arts, and culture of the diverse population of Deaf people and their vibrant-cultural linguistic community. Designing the MDHAC building followed and fund raising projects took place. Groundbreaking ceremonies took place on December 16, 1995. Construction of the MDHAC building started in September of 2000 and was completed in June of 2001. The purchase of the land was $240,000 with the total construction cost at $794,000. Total costs for land, building and miscellaneous expenses was $1,052,000. The total square footage of the building is 6,000 sq. ft. The land and building are both paid for completely.