A letter from Thomas Gallaudet
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Hello. I found the history articles of this newspaper. It was in the year of 1989, which ISD (Illinois School for the Deaf) celebrated 150th years of the service. I went there about 12 or 13 years old to celebrated. I went with my brother, Fookem, and my dad, Jimactor. My dad was on the board while my brother and I worked there as volunteers. It’s better than stay home and do nothing. It was in the summer in the month of June, I think as I can’t remember the exact dates but for sure it was in 1989. ISD is located in Jacksonville, 30 miles south of Springfield. It is small town, around 25,000 people live there and it is farm town. People that live there know that there are deaf people around. Lot of deafies went to McDonald’s and the workers know some sign language, really almost all know some sign language. It is deaf-friendly town. The newspaper company call Jacksonville Journal Courier did printed some history stories about ISD celebrated 150 years old. They have the special edition newspaper booklet. Few weeks ago, I was doing house cleaning and found this newspaper booklet and found some fascinating articles in it. The article that I found talked about “A letter from Thomas Gallaudet”. He wrote a letter to the “Prudential Committee” of the first Board of Directors of the ISD. The article is pretty long. Click on the link below to read the article. I have more fascinate articles in this newspaper booklet and I will post it in the next few days. Have some well-known people in it. Enjoy read it. Thumbs up!