Happy Chinese New Year educational travelers!

In case you didn’t know, today marks the start of the Lunar New Year ushering in the year of the fire monkey. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post where I share everything you need to know about this popular Asian festival. Until then, Jeff is back with an educational post on a special museum dedicated to understanding the hearing impaired.


Any educational trip to Washington, D.C. for students who may be deaf or mute, must visit the Gallaudet University Museum, which is dedicated to promoting and interpreting the rich and complex deaf experience. Located at 800 Florida Avenue, NE the museum is a part of a collegiate experience that dates back over one hundred and fifty years. Gallaudet University is a bilingual, diverse, multicultural institution of higher education that ensures the intellectual and professional advancement of deaf and hard of hearing individuals through American Sign Language and English. Gallaudet maintains a proud tradition of research and scholarly activity and prepares its graduates for career opportunities in a highly competitive, technological, and rapidly changing world.

Educational tours of Washington, D.C., that happen to include a visit to the Gallaudet University Museum, will discover the interesting story of Edward Miner Gallaudet whose father founded the American School for the Deaf in Hartford, Connecticut in 1817. Young Edward Gallaudet was hired as superintendent of the Columbia Institution in 1857 and persuaded President Abraham Lincoln to sign a charter allowing the institution to grant collegiate degrees to the Deaf and Dumb in 1864. The rest of the fascinating timeline can be learned on your student trip. The non-hearing challenged would benefit by including Gallaudet’s museum as part of their student tour to Washington, D.C.

Until tomorrow,