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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Operating as usual

RIT/NTID Dyer Arts Center
09/04/2020

RIT/NTID Dyer Arts Center

We are pleased to announce the opening of "Black is Black: Blackity AF," an online exhibit from four curators: Teraca Florence, Najma Johnson, Earl Terry, and Felicia Williams. This exhibit is a response to the continued killings of unarmed Black Americans at the hands of law enforcement, catalyzed by the death of George Floyd in late May and given further urgency by the recent revelation of the death of Daniel Prude here in Rochester, New York.

In the midst of this ongoing horror, the curators felt it was important to reexamine Black Deaf art after the Dyer's previous exhibit several years ago. An unapologetic celebration of Blackness and also a recognition of the need for survival and happiness, "Black is Black" demands that attention and honor be paid to the lived experiences of Black Deaf people, and its four curators invite you to do just that at: https://dyerartscenter.omeka.net/exhibits/show/blackisblack/intro

A Zoom-based reception will be hosted on Saturday, September 19, from 7-8:30 p.m. (Eastern). Register at: bit.ly/blackitydeaf

[ID: On a black rectangle, Serge Kiswensida Doamba's Debout, a black-and-white lithograph of an upraised fist, stands in the center, surrounded by an aura made of the Pan-African colors of red, black, and green. On the left side, "Black is Black" rises vertically in the same colors, while on the right side, "BLACKITY AF," also vertical stands in bold white. Along the bottom on the right side is the text "Opening September 4, 2020 Reception: Saturday, September 19, 2020 7:00-8:30 p.m. (Eastern) via Zoom This exhibit was curated by Teraca Florence, Najma Johnson, Earl Terry, Felicia Williams" above the Dyer Arts Center's logo. At the very bottom left in small white text is the image credit: Debout, Serge Kiswensida Doamba, 2019.]

06/27/2020
Signing Black in America promo

Signing Black in America promo

-------------------- Promo for the forthcoming Talking Black in America episode: Signing Black in America. Music: '2 Above Zero' by Jason Shaw (CC) For more ...

Resources guide for Black Deaf history, media, literature, etc.
06/21/2020
Resources guide for Black Deaf history, media, literature, etc.

Resources guide for Black Deaf history, media, literature, etc.

Here is a guide to various resources related to the Black Deaf experience, Black ASL, Black Deaf history in America, current organizations and leaders of the Black Deaf community, racism in the Deaf community, etc. This is an ONGOING list- if you have anything you’d like to add, please email...

06/17/2020
Indiana School for the Deaf

Indiana School for the Deaf

#BlackLivesMatter ICBDA Town Hall, NBDA Facebook Live on Thursday, June 18 at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM EST. Live Dialogue on Black/Brown Deaf Hoosiers' Experience with Racism. Please join our panelists, Dr. Laurene Simms, William Babineaux, Ronelle Johnson, Robert Haney, Debricka McClung, and Onyemachi Davis.

Indiana Association of the Deaf
06/14/2020

Indiana Association of the Deaf

Signing Black in America
06/11/2020
Signing Black in America

Signing Black in America

Just like spoken languages, sign languages have dialects. Black ASL is the unique dialect of American Sign Language (ASL) that developed within historically segregated…

06/11/2020

Indiana Deaf Heritage is the 501(c)3 non-profit organization that owns and operates the Indiana Deaf History Museum at ISD. Our duty is to preserve the history of our beautiful Deaf community that includes people of all races, nationalities, genders, sexual orientation, and religions. The Museum stands in support with the Black Lives Matter movement, and we are committed to expand our museum's exhibits and programs to include diverse perspectives about Deaf history. Our museum director is working with summer interns to establish a new "Black Deaf Hoosier Collection" that will include photos, documents, and artifacts related to the life experiences of the Indiana Black Deaf community. This collection will be uploaded online in the next few weeks. We are seeking new donations because we need more Black Deaf history in our archive. Please contact Kris Johnson to discuss donations: [email protected]

Because of COVID-19 risks, the museum is currently closed, but donations can be made by appointment.

#BlackLivesMatter
#BlackDeafExcellence
#BlackDisabledLivesMatter
#Diversity

06/09/2020
3R: White Savior or Ally: What is the Difference?

ISD's esteemed alumna, Laurene Simms shares important ideas to think about

Here is my so-called workshop presentation titled: "White Savior or Ally: What is the Difference?" Since the video lasts about 34 minutes, you may need a cup...

Museum of Deaf History, Arts & Culture
06/08/2020

Museum of Deaf History, Arts & Culture

Artwork by Fred Michael Beam 2020

"Black (Deaf) Lives Matter"

In honour of the Black victims of police brutality.

Acrylic painting

18 inch by 24 inch

****FYI, if you want to share, Fred asked that no one copies his image. and to make sure you credit his name. **** THANK YOU

Pretty sure this is the oldest graduation program in the archive--1880!  Will double check when ISD campus re-opens for ...
05/22/2020

Pretty sure this is the oldest graduation program in the archive--1880! Will double check when ISD campus re-opens for staff.

Notice on page 2...William Willard gave the prayer during the ceremony.

We are currently scanning ISD basketball history!  The archive has these two tickets from the 1929 CSSD tournament in Oh...
05/19/2020

We are currently scanning ISD basketball history! The archive has these two tickets from the 1929 CSSD tournament in Ohio.

A college intern from IUPUI is working on uploading photos and souvenir programs from the early years of basketball at ISD, and the first CSSD tournaments. We'll post the link when that online album is ready for you to browse and enjoy 😎

Some VERY old photos from the archive.  Anyone recognize the people?  The girl on the swing and girl standing in front o...
05/07/2020

Some VERY old photos from the archive. Anyone recognize the people? The girl on the swing and girl standing in front of dorm are same person, but face is blurry.

Mystery Photos!  Many of the photos in our archive are not labeled with dates or names.  If you know the year, or teache...
05/06/2020

Mystery Photos! Many of the photos in our archive are not labeled with dates or names. If you know the year, or teacher's names, please comment to help us sort them into the right folders. Thanks!
#TeacherAppreciationWeek

#TeacherAppreciationWeekRecognize these teachers from ISD???
05/05/2020

#TeacherAppreciationWeek
Recognize these teachers from ISD???

05/05/2020
National Association of the Deaf: Deaf Culture and History Section - DCHS

National Association of the Deaf: Deaf Culture and History Section - DCHS

"5 Minutes with Steve!" is a weekly vodcast series by Deaf Culture and History Section of the National Association of the Deaf focusing on all things Deaf Culture and Deaf History! ⁣⁣
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E01: Rita Corey and Dr. Jane Norman ⁣⁣
They are two notable deaf women who passed away earlier this year. Their professional experience exceeds one's expectations, and anyone meeting them would always be blown away! They were very well respected in the deaf community and sought after for their expertise. Rita Corey and Dr. Jane Norman were both former acquaintances of Dr. Steve! In this vodcast, he elaborates on his interactions and his professional encounters with both of them. Watch to learn more! ⁣⁣
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Transcript: ⁣
5, 4, 3, 2, 1... Hello everyone, can I have five minutes of your time?!⁣
Hello, again! My name is Dr. Steve Baldwin,and I'm here for our new weekly vodcast series!⁣

Today, I'll be sharing about two notable deaf women who passed away earlier this year, and this vodcast is in their honor. Most United States citizens know who they are but let me start with Rita Corey! She was a well known dancer, performer, teacher, and a woman of all trades! I met her in 1978 at National Theatre for the Deaf's summer school for Professional People. It was there when I realized how talented she truly was, and her recognizance also then skyrocketed. There is this particular memory I have of her; in 1978, she had a leading role in a play, "Our Town." It is a well-known American Classic in Theatre. Her leading role was a character named Emily, and she was phenomenal! I was truly blown away by her acting skills!⁣


Now, Dr. Jane Norman.... Believe it or not, I hadn't seen her for many years! Until, I think, maybe three years ago? I flew to Los Angeles, California, to watch Deaf West's collaborative production (again!), "Our Town." Dr. Jane Norman was sitting behind me! She tapped my shoulder, I turned around, and was bewildered! What a small world! We chatted after the play and kept in touch. She shared often about her work with the National Deaf Life Museum at Gallaudet. She shared in particular a photo she was fond of, from 2014, the opening day of the museum. The photo was of her inside the Chapel Hall doing a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and Bernard Bragg was the first person who congratulated her. She vividly remembered that day and the photograph immediately became one of her favorites. ⁣

Both women have contributed a lot to our Deaf History, Deaf Culture, and especially in performing arts, film, and television. We, Deaf Culture and History Section, are asking you to remember them and their fantastic contribution to our cultural history. The purpose of this weekly programming series is to remind you to "Preserve, Provide, Promote" for our culture and history. They contributed! Will you contribute, too? ⁣

Thanks for the five minutes of your precious time! Take care, be happy, and be good!

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[ID: White male, in a brown jacket with glasses, sitting behind a brown desk; scattered around are various images and photographs; two of them are of Rita Corey and Dr. Jane Norman, next to Steve.]

Video signed by our Region 3 Representative, Dr. Steve Baldwin
[Video Desc & Transcript: Opened VLOG with Steve in his suit and standing, art works in the background and he began with 5,4,3,2,1.. Hello everyone with his smile and glasses.]

#NationalAssociationoftheDeaf #DeafCultureandHistory #NADDCHS #NADDeafCultureandHistory #DeafCultureandHistorySection #DeafCulture #DeafHistory #RitaCorey #DrJaneNorman #GallaudetUniversityMuseum #DeafLifeMuseum #NationalDeafLifeMuseum

#deaf #deafculture #deafhistory #deafcultureandhistory #naddchs #dchs #nonprofits #nonprofitorganization #nationalassociationofthedeaf #dchsection #dchsboard #naddchsboard⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

Hi everyone!  Even though the ISD campus is closed, our museum work is still happening!  Today, our museum director foun...
04/22/2020

Hi everyone! Even though the ISD campus is closed, our museum work is still happening! Today, our museum director found a very old, and brittle, football poster mixed up in a box with photos. She repaired the ripped edges, then used our digital archive to figure out which year the game was played: 1924! The poster is 96 years old 😱

Image 1 description: faded red rectangular sign that says Broad Ripple vs Silent Hoosiers football. Thurs Oct 30, game called at 2:30 at State School for the Deaf. Text is printed on top of drawings of football players.

Image 2 description: screencap of newspaper article about the game (full text in comment section)

Happy Friday everyone!  We hope you are finding ways to keep your mind active during this important stay-at-home time.  ...
03/27/2020
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Happy Friday everyone! We hope you are finding ways to keep your mind active during this important stay-at-home time. Today, we're announcing a new plan to digitize and upload much more of our Indiana history, so you can enjoy it online for free at Internet Archive. We still have A LOT of scanning to do, but we've uploaded several issues of the 2nd version of the Silent Hoosier newspaper which continued to publish deaf community news when ISD changed format to a monthly magazine of school news.
We'll keep adding new uploads, so check back often!

Mystery Photo:  Anybody know where this photo was taken in 1995?  What was the purpose of the plane ride? Who was there?
03/26/2020

Mystery Photo: Anybody know where this photo was taken in 1995? What was the purpose of the plane ride? Who was there?

What happens to the museum during stay-at-home order from the governor???  The museum comes to my house!  I'm continuing...
03/24/2020

What happens to the museum during stay-at-home order from the governor??? The museum comes to my house! I'm continuing to work, even though ISD is closed. This week, I'm doing A LOT of scanning!!!
As much as possible, stay safe at home for the next couple of weeks!

Kris Johnson, Museum Director

Image description:
View of a livingroom, computer table and desk chair near large window, file boxes lined up on sofa, piles of photos and documents on small folding tables

A relevant message from March 1948.  If you are able to donate blood, the Red Cross needs you now!We hope all of you are...
03/20/2020

A relevant message from March 1948. If you are able to donate blood, the Red Cross needs you now!

We hope all of you are staying safe and healthy!

Hello everyone!  A reminder that our digital archive of ISD's publications are available free online!  There is over 100...
03/19/2020
Indiana School for the Deaf | University Library

Hello everyone! A reminder that our digital archive of ISD's publications are available free online! There is over 100 years of history and culture that you can learn about with kids who are home from school or for your own enjoyment.

Please share, especially with teachers needing resources to use with their students online.

Courses at IUPUI will be taught remotely for the duration of the Spring 2020 semester. Read more about this and other University coronavirus protection measures. Learn how library services will be affected.

Embossed Bibles given to ISD graduates in 1892!John Horney and Hattie Kelley were later married, and we have some exciti...
03/17/2020

Embossed Bibles given to ISD graduates in 1892!
John Horney and Hattie Kelley were later married, and we have some exciting documents and photos of theirs in our collection.

Hi everyone!  Since ISD is closed for three weeks, we have plenty of time to reorganize our collection storage room, and...
03/17/2020

Hi everyone! Since ISD is closed for three weeks, we have plenty of time to reorganize our collection storage room, and we're finding a lot of cool stuff! Like this application for admission 1870s!!!

Another interesting find in our archive!  Former student and long-time teacher, Albert Berg's memoire of going to Gallau...
03/09/2020

Another interesting find in our archive! Former student and long-time teacher, Albert Berg's memoire of going to Gallaudet College.

We're working in the museum's collection room today, and found this program from a play performed at ISD in 1914!Link to...
03/09/2020

We're working in the museum's collection room today, and found this program from a play performed at ISD in 1914!
Link to the story:https://andersen.sdu.dk/moocfiles/redshoes.pdf

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]

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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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Kristina, will you please refer to Letha Hoogewerf's post in regard to the Indianapolis News dated back to 1940? She believes that she gave the copy of the newspaper to Jerry Cooper. Will you please advise? Thanks!
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!