By Selena Stevens
"History Through Deaf Eyes" opens Oct. 1
at the Rasdall Gallery in the UK Student Center and
runs through Nov. 3.
20, 2001 (Lexington, Ky.) --
The University of Kentucky and the Kentucky School
for the Deaf in Danville will host in October a national
exhibit that chronicles nearly 200 years of U.S. deaf
history. "History Through Deaf Eyes" features photographs,
objects, replicas, text and an interactive DVD that
highlight the little known history of deaf Americans.
A section specific to Kentucky's deaf heritage is
part of the exhibit, which allows its host to specialize
an area of the exhibit.
exhibit was organized by Gallaudet University, a college
for the deaf and hard-of-hearing in Washington, D.C.
is the second showing of the exhibit, which has been
seen only in Hartford, Conn., at the American School
for the Deaf. The American School, a privately funded
institution created in 1820, is the first U.S. school
for the deaf.
UK showing is co-hosted by the Kentucky School for
the Deaf, the first publicly funded school for the
deaf in the United States, which opened in 1823, and
served as a model for public schools for the deaf.
Harvey Corson, superintendent of the Kentucky School
for the Deaf, served as a consultant to Gallaudet
in creating the exhibition.
"History Through Deaf Eyes" will open Oct. 1 with
a special event from 3 to 5 p.m. in the UK Student
Center Great Hall. The exhibit will be open 11 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday through Nov. 3 in the
Rasdall Gallery, adjacent to the Great Hall. The gallery
may be opened by appointment for groups by calling
A lecture series is planned for Thursday evenings
during the exhibit, and the gallery will be open extended
hours during a lecture event.
Following the UK showing, the exhibit will travel
to William Woods University in Fulton, Mo. In 2002,
the exhibit will be seen in Philadelphia; Rochester,
N.Y.; and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington,
Through Deaf Eyes" was made possible by a major grant
from the National Endowment for the Humanities and
support from The Motorola Foundation, The John S.
and James L. Knight Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation,
SBC Foundation and the BFGoodrich Foundation.