History of Deaf Culture

History of Deaf Culture

One of many ways to explore and learn about Deaf culture is naturally through the history of a school for the Deaf. Most states have a state school fo the Deaf. In Kansas, a school for the Deaf was established in Baldwin County in 1861, a full three years before President Abraham Lincoln dedicated Gallaudet University.

As you pass through this section of the museum you begin to realize that the history of the Deaf community in Olathe, or anywhere, is not so different from the history of any school in the United States.

Cheerleaders, sports, debate teams, computer classes — they are all on a Deaf school campus. Dances, theater, the arts – you can find them at a school for the Deaf just as you can at any other high school.

Come and explore the rich history and culture of a school for the Deaf!



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Our museum offers an opportunity to learn about the rich heritage and experience of being Deaf.  Group tours and museum reservations are available. We are a non-profit 501(c)3 foundation so donations are always appreciated.

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