Two hundred years of ASL and American School for the Deaf is here on campus!

January 22, 2018

Author: Shane Dundas

Deaf child signing "I Love You." "Language, Culture, Communities: 200 Years of Impact by the American School for the Deaf." January 29 - April 6, 2018 - Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Linda K. Jordan Gallery in Wasburn Art Building. Three logos: CHS, ASD, and Gallaudet Museum.

Two hundred years of ASL and American School for the Deaf has come to campus! The Gallaudet University Museum is hosting the "Language, Culture, Communities: 200 Years of Impact by the American School for the Deaf" exhibit, on loan from the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) and the American School for the Deaf (ASD).

The exhibit highlights the impact of American School for the Deaf throughout the nation, spanning the 200 years since its foundation in 1817. The American School for the Deaf collaborated with the Connecticut Historical Society to create an exhibit in time for the bicentennial celebration of the founding of the school and American Sign Langauge (ASL). This collection of stories and histories out of the heart of ASD's museum and archives then found its way to the gallery at CHS for a special public exhibition, titled "Language, Culture, Communities: 200 Years of Impact by the American School for the Deaf." The exhibit was open for six months last year (April 28 to October 21, 2017) at the Connecticut Historical Society. The exhibit highlighted many artifacts, including some that belonged to Laurent Clerc and Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet.

Now, that exhibit has found a new temporary home in the Linda K. Jordan Gallery, located in the Washburn Arts Building at Gallaudet University, where the artifacts will be best protected from the elements. The Gallaudet University Museum has the honor and privilege to host the esteemed exhibit for all those who want to experience this pivotal history. The exhibit opening will take place Monday, January 29, 2018, and the exhibit will last until April 6, 2018. Most of the artifacts, not counting those graciously loaned by the Gallaudet University Archives, have never been outside of Hartford - so it is a rare honor for these items to be here on campus. Be sure to come and see, because the exhibit will only be here for a mere three months!

Included with the exhibit are braille panels for the DeafBlind and blind, as well as ASL and Spanish translations of important information.

For more information, please visit our website: www.gallaudet.edu/museum.