Deaf History Month

March 13 through April 15 is National Deaf History Month. This month provides an opportunity for the library to celebrate the rich history and raise awareness about the Deaf community’s significance. The month catalyst for the month is marked by three key moments in American History for the Deaf community. The American School for the Deaf was established in Hartford, Connecticut on April 15, 1817, as the first permanent public school for the deaf. On April 8, 1864, the Gallaudet University charter was signed by President Abraham Lincoln. On March 13, 1988, the Deaf President Now student protest was held at Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C.

Launching Our Deaf and Hard of Hearing Webpage

In celebration of Deaf History Month, we are launching a dedicated webpage on Deaf and Hard of Hearing topics and resources. The webpage features: recommend reading, programs, community resources and more! 

American Sign Language Storytimes

Celebrate Deaf History Month with us as our friends from Deaf Community Resource Center sign a story in American Sign Language (ASL). An interpreter will be provided.

Deaf History Display

Visit our Wilmington Stoop Branch in April to Deaf History Art and Posters from the Deaf Community Resources Center’s Deaf History Collection which includes pieces from Gallaudet University’s History Though Deaf Eyes Poster Series and famous art and biographies of Deaf people throughout history.