They are facing not a theory but a condition, for they are first, last and all the time the people of the eye.

-George Veditz,
President National Association of the Deaf 1904 - 1910
Ninth Convention of the National Association of the Deaf and the Third World's Congress of the Deaf, 1910.

We have been called deaf-mutes, objects of charity, deaf and dumb, semi-mutes, dummy and now hearing impaired. We have been described as "the most misunderstood among the sons of man.' Some of us are deaf and some of us are Deaf. Some of us use American Sign Language and some of us do not. This exhibition is our untold and largely unknown story. It is American history . . . Through Deaf Eyes.

- Jack R. Cannon Curator, 2001

The Silent Worker (1906)
Gallaudet University Archives