Indiana Deaf History Museum

Indiana Deaf History Museum The museum is located on the campus of the Indiana School for the Deaf. The museum will be open during most campus events, or by appointment.
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Call for volunteers!  We have A LOT of these print blocks from the old print shop.  We need some volunteers to help rese...
02/21/2020

Call for volunteers! We have A LOT of these print blocks from the old print shop. We need some volunteers to help research where they were made, what years they were used, and also match the designs to The Hoosier. You will need internet access to do the research. Anyone interested???

Please contact our director, Kris Johnson [email protected]

These images are a copper metal design attached to a wood block.

Can anybody help us with this mystery artifact??? Sewing project from maybe 1970s or early 1980s?  Anybody know who made...
01/27/2020

Can anybody help us with this mystery artifact??? Sewing project from maybe 1970s or early 1980s? Anybody know who made this fabric collage of vocational education?

01/18/2020

Good morning all,

Unfortunately, the museum will not be open today during the Clerc Classic.

01/13/2020

ISD is hosting the Clerc Classic basketball tournament Thurs-Sat this week!

The museum will be open during the tournament.
Thurs: 10:00AM-3:00PM
Fri: 10:00AM-3:00PM

12/04/2019

Big THANK YOU to people who donated yesterday for #givingtuesday!

Total $150 for the museum!

Thank you ISD and Alumni who work hard to preserve this wonderful history!  Today, we unveiled the new historical marker...
11/09/2019

Thank you ISD and Alumni who work hard to preserve this wonderful history! Today, we unveiled the new historical marker at Willard Park.
Many thanks also to Indiana Historical Bureau for working with us to make it happen.
We have video of the ceremony, and will post it after we make a few edits 👍

Don't forget to come see us at Conner Prairie tomorrow for Deaf Heritage Day!ISD student, Nia Voss, and history teacher ...
09/27/2019
Conner Prairie opens the door to Deaf inclusion with Deaf Heritage Day

Don't forget to come see us at Conner Prairie tomorrow for Deaf Heritage Day!

ISD student, Nia Voss, and history teacher Gabriel Paulone, will be there to talk to visitors about ISD history!

FISHERS, Ind. – The Indiana School for the Deaf is one of the first schools for the Deaf founded by a Deaf man—William Willard. The school is world-renowned, and many people from all over the world move to Indiana just to enroll their children in the school. But the history of the Deaf community...

Deaf Heritage Day @ Conner Prairie
09/18/2019
Deaf Heritage Day @ Conner Prairie

Deaf Heritage Day @ Conner Prairie

ISD, Conner Prairie and LUNA Language Services have collaborated to host Deaf Heritage Day at Conner Prairie on Saturday, September 28th from 11a-3p. Featured

More treasures found in our old files!  Two pics of Archibald Memorial Home and farm 1948!If you're interested to become...
07/24/2019

More treasures found in our old files! Two pics of Archibald Memorial Home and farm 1948!

If you're interested to become a museum volunteer, we need a lot of help to sort and identify photos!
Email Kris Johnson 😀
[email protected]

Today was an exciting adventure in our archive files!  Many people ask who was the first Black Deaf graduate at ISD, and...
07/22/2019

Today was an exciting adventure in our archive files! Many people ask who was the first Black Deaf graduate at ISD, and we found a copy of an article from the Deaf Mutes Journal, June 23, 1892.
Miss Margaret Brooks was the first Black Deaf graduate, and gave an oral presentation titled "The Advancement of the Colored Race." She entered at ISD in 1887, and is listed in the ISD Honor Roll several times with very high grades. She moved to St Augustine, Florida to teach at the segregated school for Black Deaf students.
The next Black Deaf graduate at ISD was William Bond in 1907.
If anyone has information about Brooks or Bond, please contact us at the museum.

We're working on our new archive file system, and finding some cool stuff!Who remembers their first TTY??? 😎
07/22/2019

We're working on our new archive file system, and finding some cool stuff!
Who remembers their first TTY??? 😎

05/05/2019

Big News!
Indiana Deaf Heritage Inc was awarded a Trust Fund Grant from the Junior League of Indianapolis in the amount of $3,875!
The grant money will be used to purchase equipment and supplies to bring Deaf history educational activities to ISD classrooms.

Indiana Deaf Heritage Inc is an independent 501c3 non-profit organization that supports the museum.

Thank you Junior League!

Hope to see some of you at PTCO Day tomorrow at ISD!  The museum is closed to prepare our new 175th reunion exhibit, but...
05/04/2019

Hope to see some of you at PTCO Day tomorrow at ISD! The museum is closed to prepare our new 175th reunion exhibit, but we'll have a booth in Caskey. We are starting a museum membership campaign, and have cool gifts with our special anniversary logo if you sign up and make a donation to the museum.
$10 membership: durable camping mug
$25 membership: 12-pack cooler bag
$30 membership: get both! (save $5)

05/02/2019

Our good friend Brandon is the first visitor today **hands waving**

I'm here hanging out with the ISD doll collection!  We're lonely!  Stop by the state library to see the new exhibit, Ohi...
05/02/2019

I'm here hanging out with the ISD doll collection! We're lonely! Stop by the state library to see the new exhibit, Ohio Street lobby. We'll be here until 7:00pm 👍

Did you miss your chance to order your special edition William Willard shirt last fall???  Good news!  Our online store ...
04/27/2019
Limited Edition Willard Art by Nancy Rourke | Bonfire

Did you miss your chance to order your special edition William Willard shirt last fall??? Good news! Our online store is open again, and there's still time to get one!!! Variety of colors and styles, direct ship to your home. Get yours now! After the ISD 175th Anniversary Reunion, this design will be gone forever.
50% profits go to our museum
50% profits go to the artist, Nancy Rourke
Extra donations go to De'VIA Curriculum Fund
Please share the link with friends and family!

Honoring the life of William Willard, founder of the Indiana School for the Deaf. Profits from sales with be shared 50/50 between Indiana Deaf Heritage, and artist Nancy...

Evee and Mallery, IUPUI students, contacted the museum a couple months ago to ask for help with a class project about te...
04/19/2019

Evee and Mallery, IUPUI students, contacted the museum a couple months ago to ask for help with a class project about technology used by people who are Deaf or hard of hearing. The museum was happy to provide some artifacts and publications for their display in the medical library at IUPUI.

A special request for ISD alumni and former staff!  The 175th reunion is happening VERY soon!  We'd love to see every on...
04/14/2019

A special request for ISD alumni and former staff! The 175th reunion is happening VERY soon! We'd love to see every one of you at the museum June 20-22...but we know some of you won't be able to come.
Good news though! You can still be here in spirit! If you can't attend the reunion in June, send us a postcard for our new exhibit 👍
Write a quick note to tell us where you are and what you're doing these days, or just write a fun memory to share with your classmates at the reunion 🙂
Mail postcards by June 1st to:
Indiana Deaf History Museum
1200 East 42nd St
Indianapolis, IN 46205
Please make sure you write the year you graduated!
Help spread the word and share this with friends who don't have Facebook 🤟🏽

Great post by Indiana History Bureau!  Thanks!
04/02/2019

Great post by Indiana History Bureau! Thanks!

Did you know that the Indiana School for the Deaf was the 6th state funded school for the Deaf in the nation?

For the first day of Deaf History Month, we’re celebrating William Willard, who founded the Indiana School for the Deaf (then called the Indiana Asylum for the Education of the Deaf and Dumb) in October of 1843. Willard, who had graduated from the American School for the Deaf, had traveled the state on horseback for months leading up to the school’s opening to demonstrate his methods and recruit students.

As the school flourished, the Indiana General Assembly passed a law establishing the Willard school as a state institution in January, 1944. Today, according to the school’s website, the Indiana School for the Deaf “is recognized nationally for its leadership in education, its advocacy of American Sign Language and being the first state Deaf school to adopt a Bilingual Deaf Education.”

Learn more about Willards work here: https://www.deafhoosiers.com/indiana-deaf-history-museum

See over 18,000 pages of school newsletters and yearbooks from the Indiana School for the Deaf here: http://www.ulib.iupui.edu/collections/ISD

The image below shows the Indiana School for the Deaf ca. 1900, courtesy of the Indiana Album.

Sneak Peek:  Our IUPUI intern sketched layout plans for one of our new special exhibits!We will announce details for the...
03/20/2019

Sneak Peek: Our IUPUI intern sketched layout plans for one of our new special exhibits!
We will announce details for the Grand Opening soon!
Exhibit will be at the Indiana State Library for May, June, and July 👍

24 hours left to register and fill out your NCAA predictions to help our museum!The registration closes at 11AM on Thurs...
03/20/2019
Indiana Deaf History Museum

24 hours left to register and fill out your NCAA predictions to help our museum!

The registration closes at 11AM on Thursday.

Any NCAA fans here??? Want to try to win part of $10,000 prize pool for our museum???
Sign up by Thursday, March 21, and fill out your bracket predictions. If your prediction is in the top 10 correct, our museum will get part of that $10,000!
Cost: $20
Select Indiana Deaf Heritage as your charity to support.
$10 from each person who picks us automatically goes to us. Even if we don't win the big prize, we will still earn money for the museum. Please sign up, or share link with friends who love basketball and want to help preserve our Deaf history!!!

Any NCAA fans here???  Want to try to win part of $10,000 prize pool for our museum???Sign up by Thursday, March 21, and...
03/18/2019
Start Your Prediction - Champ's Charity Challenge - Brackets For Good

Any NCAA fans here??? Want to try to win part of $10,000 prize pool for our museum???
Sign up by Thursday, March 21, and fill out your bracket predictions. If your prediction is in the top 10 correct, our museum will get part of that $10,000!
Cost: $20
Select Indiana Deaf Heritage as your charity to support.
$10 from each person who picks us automatically goes to us. Even if we don't win the big prize, we will still earn money for the museum. Please sign up, or share link with friends who love basketball and want to help preserve our Deaf history!!!

ISD students making history!  Safe travels to them in India!
03/12/2019

ISD students making history! Safe travels to them in India!

INDIA 2019 - Day 1, by Franco Bippus & Max Skjeveland

Our first official meal in India was our hotel’s, the Royal Plaza, breakfast buffet with a combination of Indian and Western food. After eating, we met our Indian tour guide named Mayank and Sarah who is a CODA! We started our first day in India by visiting Guruwara, a Sikh temple, which required us to wear head coverings and walk barefoot. After exploring the temple, we visited the kitchen that serves meals to 55,000-60,000 people a day for free! It’s all part of Sikh community service. We helped out by rolling out naan bread, a “must-have” in India such as rolls in the US, before being toasted and served. This was easily everyone’s favorite part of the day because we gave back to the community and it was fun!

We hopped on a bus and took a short drive to Humayun’s Tomb which is a UNESCO World Heritage site because it was the first garden in India. It is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun and his empress Hamida.

After marveling at Humayun’s Tomb, we were led to Delhi Darbar for a traditional Indian lunch served family style. We had sweet corn soup, murg makhani (buttered chicken), lentils, naan bread, rice, aloo matar (potatoes), banana or mango lassi (smoothie), and to top it all off with a scoop vanilla ice cream and masala chai tea.

Next, we headed to Qutb Minar, a tower built by different kings to show their power and pride in their religion. Qutb Minar is 73 meters tall. This memorial is an UNESCO World Heritage site as well.

Then we drove to Indira Gandhi memorial. Indira Gandhi was the daughter of first India Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, and the first female Prime Minister. She was assassinated by her two bodyguards near her home. We took a tour around her home, then we saw a glass path where Indira was walking before she was assassinated. There’s a glass panel on glass path to show where did Indira fell when she was assassinated. We learned a lot about her family and her actions to improve India.

After visiting Indira memorial, we went to a local mall to eat at Te Amo, a family style restaurant, the food we ate were similar to lunch but we also had fish. Dessert was brownies with ice cream. We noticed that after eating meals, the restaurant will offer tea or coffee.

After eating dinner we met some deaf locals, they were very friendly. Some of these locals worked for the Indian National Association for the Deaf as officers. We also met Dr. Alim Chandani, who is the founder of Global Reachout, working to improve the lives of Deaf Indians.

Enjoy the pictures!

03/07/2019
Indiana School for the Deaf

Best wishes to ISD Culinary students at the first Deaf school cooking competition!

The Culinary Art Team!! On their way to their FIRST Deaf Culinary Bowl in Nevada against 7 other Deaf schools! We hope they bring home the bacon!!! Good Luck!!

Hello!We need some volunteers to help at the museum on Friday afternoons.  We need help for sorting and identifying phot...
02/26/2019
Fill | Indiana Deaf History Museum Volunteer Interest Form

Hello!
We need some volunteers to help at the museum on Friday afternoons.
We need help for sorting and identifying photos, reading/researching history topics, organizing/filing.
If you want to become a volunteer, please fill out this form, and the museum director will contact you.
Thanks!

Indiana Deaf History Museum's cover photo
02/04/2019

Indiana Deaf History Museum's cover photo

Big THANK YOU to our first online donor!  $175.00 donation received today via PayPal!Donations are tax-deductible, and 1...
12/20/2018

Big THANK YOU to our first online donor! $175.00 donation received today via PayPal!
Donations are tax-deductible, and 100% goes to the museum for supplies and equipment we need to preserve the collection and create new exhibits!
Happy holidays all!

Still accepting orders for special edition Nancy Rourke design to support our museum and De'VIA!  Please help and share ...
12/18/2018
Indiana Deaf Heritage Shop | Bonfire

Still accepting orders for special edition Nancy Rourke design to support our museum and De'VIA! Please help and share the link :-)

Profits from the sale of merchandise benefits the preservation and exhibition of deaf history.

Indiana Deaf History Museum's cover photo
12/18/2018

Indiana Deaf History Museum's cover photo

Many thanks to Monroe County Public Library for scanning and sending this Bloomington Post advertisement, dated October ...
12/17/2018

Many thanks to Monroe County Public Library for scanning and sending this Bloomington Post advertisement, dated October 25, 1839!
John Washington, a deaf man, wanted to establish a school in Bloomington, four years before Willard opened his school in Indianapolis.
Image is very hard to read. Transcript in the comments.
Mark Bower (ISD 1976) discovered this info during research for the 150th anniversary yearbook 👍

12/12/2018

History help needed! Anybody know what year bowling was added to the old boys' dorm?
What year bowling closed at new dorm?

11 days left to order awesome Willard portrait shirt by De'VIA artist, Nancy Rourke!  Profits will support our museum, a...
12/07/2018
Indiana Deaf Heritage Shop | Bonfire

11 days left to order awesome Willard portrait shirt by De'VIA artist, Nancy Rourke! Profits will support our museum, and extra donations will go to De'VIA curriculum projects with Deaf children.
Also available, 175th anniversary logo shirts!
Please share the link to our store :-)

Profits from the sale of merchandise benefits the preservation and exhibition of deaf history.

Indiana School for the Deaf
12/07/2018

Indiana School for the Deaf

We have great news!  Indiana Deaf History Museum is partnering with De'VIA and Deaf artist Nancy Rourke for a new fundra...
11/29/2018
Limited Edition Willard Art by Nancy Rourke | Bonfire

We have great news! Indiana Deaf History Museum is partnering with De'VIA and Deaf artist Nancy Rourke for a new fundraiser.
Nancy came to ISD a couple years ago, and created a wonderful mural of our school's history, and images of William Willard. Now you can own a shirt featuring Willard's portrait in Nancy's unique style!
50% of profits of shirt sales will go to our museum. You can add an extra donation to support De'VIA Curriculum projects!
Many styles and color options!

Honoring the life of William Willard, founder of the Indiana School for the Deaf. Profits from sales with be shared 50/50 between Indiana Deaf Heritage, and artist Nancy...

11/26/2018

Hope everybody enjoyed the holiday weekend!
If you're shopping Cyber Monday on Amazon, don't forget to sign up for Amazon Smile, and pick Indiana Deaf Heritage as your favorite charity!
Amazon will donate a percentage of sales to our museum 👍
There is no cost for you!

Hello everyone!  We at the Indiana Deaf History Museum are very thankful for the support of our Facebook fans, museum vi...
11/19/2018
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Hello everyone! We at the Indiana Deaf History Museum are very thankful for the support of our Facebook fans, museum visitors, and donors. 2018 has been filled with lots of progress toward improving our museum, and we still have a lot of work to do! An easy way all of you can help us earn donations is by signing up at Amazon Smile. Select "Indiana Deaf Heritage" as the charity you want to support. Every time you shop on Amazon, Indiana Deaf Heritage will receive donations from the Amazon Foundation! Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Indiana Deaf History Museum's cover photo
11/19/2018

Indiana Deaf History Museum's cover photo

Good news!  The museum can accept online donations!The Indiana Deaf History Museum relies on your generosity to buy supp...
11/15/2018

Good news! The museum can accept online donations!
The Indiana Deaf History Museum relies on your generosity to buy supplies and equipment we need for exhibits and preserving our wonderful Deaf history collection of photos, books, artifacts, etc.
If you can, please consider making a donation! Just click the blue "Donate" button near the top of the page
Thank you!
**Donations are tax deductible**

FYI for State of Indiana Employees:  Easy way to help the museum fund our mission to preserve Deaf Hoosier history!  Ple...
10/20/2018
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FYI for State of Indiana Employees: Easy way to help the museum fund our mission to preserve Deaf Hoosier history! Pledge online to support Indiana Deaf Heritage, which owns and operates the museum. Please contact us with questions. Deadline is Oct 31st.

The State Employees’ Community Campaign is the annual charity campaign administered by state employees. The SECC allows state employees to contribute to any charity that has a 501 (c)(3) ruling through either a one-time contribution or the convenience of payroll deductions.

The State Employees’ Community Campaign is the annual charity campaign administered by state employees. The SECC allows state employees to contribute to any charity that has a 501 (c)(3) ruling through either a one-time contribution or the convenience of payroll deductions.

10/12/2018

Hi all,

Unfortunately, the museum will not be open tomorrow, Saturday Oct 13th. There will be pesticide spraying inside the building in the morning, and we don't want any visitors to become sick/get headaches.

We will have a booth at the football field during the homecoming football game: 6PM-end of game.

Sorry for the inconvenience!

Awesome news report about our friend Jimmy at NC School for the Deaf Museum!  He's been doing great work there for many ...
10/05/2018
Library partners with deaf school to preserve history in photos

Awesome news report about our friend Jimmy at NC School for the Deaf Museum! He's been doing great work there for many years!

Laurie Johnston, curator of the North Carolina Room at the Burke County Public Library, has big plans and grant funding to help document and preserve the history of the North

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1200 E 42nd St
Indianapolis, IN
46205

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Hours: Contact Kris Johnson to schedule a visit during summer when ISD is closed. [email protected] Admission: FREE Donations are appreciated and will help us preserve the museum collection and develop new exhibits.

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I have my parents old TTY machine probably from the 1970s. I want to donate it to the deaf museum on behalf of my parents Robert and Sandra Williams. What do I need to do to make this happen?
Indianapolis Shakespeare Company is offering an ASL interpreter on Thursday August 2, 2018 for the FREE, PROFESSIONAL performance of Coriolanus! www.indyshakes.com
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QwqUqNXXljDTFS13pTXoN8tRzhaoqPCn/view?usp=drivesdk Iconic sign TO INTERPRET? Wow!!! The history of different signs. I hope you like it 😉✌
I am HOH & know sign (PSE) & live in Indy & would like to know what events/activities/places that are in Indy for me to go to to meet other HOH or Deaf individuals...?! Please & thank you!