The new museum, although small, is filled with compelling stories of students learning, growing, and figuring out their place in the world – something we all struggle to do, whether deaf or not. One area tells the story of A Girl Named Annie.

Annie Cooper came to the Indiana School for the Deaf as a child (in 1911, if I remember correctly). She wore large black-rimmed round glasses. In highlighting Annie, Indiana Deaf Heritage brought the story of the new kid at school to a very personal level. I viewed the Indiana School for the Deaf and its students through Annie’s eyes. What could have become a rather impersonal story about a building and the people that used it became a touching story about one kid leaving home and going to a boarding school with all the worries and concerns that any one of us would have.

Indiana Deaf Heritage Museum

1200 E. 42nd St.
Indianapolis, IN 46205

Operating Hours

Effective September 2012 the Indiana Deaf History Museum will be closed until December 2012. It will reopen in December with a new exhibit. Time and schedule for visiting the museum will be announced . If you have any questions, contact

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