Indiana School For The Deaf

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About the Museum

Our Mission

Our mission is to stimulate appreciation of the unique history of Deaf citizens of Indiana; to conduct historical research, preservation and education; and to provide the public with significant Deaf Heritage experiences.


What We Do

The Museum connects to the community by researching and developing museum exhibits, as well as bringing Indiana School for the Deaf (ISD) history to Deaf Community events. We manage an extensive collection of documents, photos, publications and artifacts that date back to the 1840s. The Museum also partners with IUPUI Museum Studies students and professors on projects that will help us develop skills that align with national museum standards. We communicate and cooperate with the Indiana Historical Society.  In 2014, we presented at the American Association for State and Local History annual conference and in 2017, we participated in a Deaf History panel discussion at the National Conference for Public History annual meeting in Indianapolis. We will also continue to test new educational programs designed to be used by middle school and high school history/social studies teachers in their classrooms.


Genealogy Research

Individual student records are state property, and held by the state archive.  The museum does not have any student files.  You can search ancestor names on the website.

The new Indiana Deaf History Museum opens on September 23, 2017. Please contact the Museum Director, Kris Johnson, at to schedule an appointment to see the museum or use the archive.