The Gallaudet Family

by Deanna Edmiston

(Round Rock, TX, USA)

I was really impressed to learn about the Gallaudet family. Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet’s contribution to deaf history comes in his founding of the American School for the Deaf in 1816, in Hartford, Connecticut. His son, Edward Minor Gallaudet, also made a huge contribution in deaf history as the founder of Gallaudet University. These contributions have allowed the intellectual side of those who are deaf to be explored more fully. Edward Minor Gallaudet served as president of the university from 1864 through the first decade of the twentieth century.

Having lived in the suburbs of Washington, DC, I was used to hearing about Gallaudet university in the news, but it wasn’t until I developed deeper relationships with two deaf friends that I took more of an interest in the university. One of my friends shared with me a video that taught me about the deaf community. The video featured several interesting aspects of the university, including the Deaf President Now campaign that took place on the Gallaudet campus.

I’m really thankful for this assignment because it really has allowed me to explore aspects of history from a deaf cultural perspective, which is something I may not have explored without this assignment.

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