ABOUT MUSEUM OF DEAF HISTORY, ARTS & CULTURE
Welcome Letter from the Board President
Welcome to the Museum of Deaf History, Arts and Culture and the William J. Marra Museum! If you are curious about what it is like to be Deaf or want to learn about our rich heritage, you have come to the right place!
Through these webpages or through the doors of our facility located in Olathe, Kansas, you will be exposed to the historical experiences of being Deaf and our numerous contributions to the world around us. The educational opportunities here are limitless! Learn more about the legacies of Paul Hubbard, Luther “Dummy” Taylor and Charles Baird while you’re here for starters.
Come in, browse around, learn more about our cultural enrichment programs, participate in our many events, and best of all, volunteer your time with us! You will walk away inspired by what the Deaf world has to offer!
Enjoy your time with us!
Our Mission & Vision
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Mission Statement: The Museum of Deaf History, Arts & Culture® (MDHAC) will advance and preserve knowledge about Deaf people, their languages, cultures, and experiences in the United States and around the world.
Vision Statement: Through MDHAC, we will inspire visitors with meaningful appreciations of a rich and vibrant culturo-linguistic Deaf community, as well as, invoke the truth of our struggles and resistance. As a result of our work, the values and endeavors of Deaf people will be embraced.
Deaf people includes all individuals who share similar experiences and realities throughout their life journey.
Culturo-linguistic highlights a group of people who associate with a minority culture where the language and values differ from majority culture. This includes individuals who are bi-cultrual and/or bilingual, tri-cultural/ tri-lingual and so forth.
In 1992, MDHAC [first named as Kansas Educational Foundation then later named Deaf Cutlural Center] was looking to expand it’s horizons to include 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.