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Chelmsford in Middlesex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

First School for Lip-Reading

 
 
First School for Lip-Reading Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, June 3, 2010
1. First School for Lip-Reading Marker
Inscription. Harriet B. Rogers, assisted by Mary S. Byam, opened here in 1866 the Chelmsford School, the first in America to successfully teach lip-reading and speech to deaf children. In 1867 it was moved to Northampton as the Clarke School for the Deaf.
 
Erected 1952 by the Clarke School Alumni Association.
 
Location. 42° 35.897′ N, 71° 21.181′ W. Marker is in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker is on Academy Street, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Academy Street, Chelmsford MA 01824, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oldest Toll House (a few steps from this marker); Revolutionary War Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); District No. 1 School (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chelmsford (about 600 feet away); Chelmsford’s “Minuteman Boulder” (about 600 feet away); Soldiers and Sailors Monument (approx. 2.8 miles away); Chief of the Penacooks (approx. 2.8 miles away); a different marker also named Chelmsford (approx. 3.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Chelmsford.
 
Also see . . .
1. Billerica Public Library
Deacon Otis Adams House image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, May 13, 2011
2. Deacon Otis Adams House
Harriet Rogers’ first classes for deaf children were held in an upper-level front room of this historic house, which is directly across Academy Street from the marker (in the shadows, right foreground).
. This link tells how Harriet B. Rogers of North Billerica, MA, started her school in neighboring Chelmsford with financial assistance from Gardiner Greene Hubbard. Later, in turn, Hubbard founded the Clarke School for the Deaf with help from philanthropist John Clarke. (Submitted on May 13, 2011, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.) 

2. Clarke Schools. Since 1867 the Clarke School (now the Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech) has taught deaf children at its campus in Northampton, MA, about 70 miles west of Chelmsford.) (Submitted on May 13, 2011, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.) 
 
Categories. Education
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 790 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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