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Suzanne Carlson
April 11,2015

WEST HARTFORD — Newspapers, coins, and documents buried in a time capsule at the American School for the Deaf saw the light of day for the first time in 95 years Friday.

"I'm speechless, honestly. It represents another historic milestone for the school," said Executive Director Jeffrey Bravin.

Bravin said the faculty who buried the capsule in 1920 had hoped the school would continue for 100 years, and "I hope we'll continue for another 100 years and history will repeat itself."

Bravin and several students removed the items from the metal time capsule in front of a crowd of about 200 staff, students, and alumni at a celebration of the school's Founders' Day. The capsule was buried under a cornerstone of Gallaudet Hall during its construction. The new, cutting-edge Gallaudet-Clerc Education Center was built in 2013 and the aging 170,000-square-foot Gallaudet Hall was torn down in 2014. The capsule was uncovered on March 5.

The first item to emerge was a copy

Read more  . See pictures. . Time Capsule





Voting Now Open! Choose Your Favorite Video in Our 2014 My American Dream Video Contest

Now, it's up to you! Cast your vote today in National Disability Institute's 4th Annual My American Dream - Voices of Americans with Disabilities Video Contest.

From now through October 27th, you can visit the official My American Dream Contest website to vote for one of the five finalists. America's votes will determine the grand prize winner, who will receive $1,000, a digital tablet, and sessions with a mentor to help take steps toward realizing their dream.

Videos poured in from all across the country, representing a wide range of states, ages and American dreams. The five 2014 finalists selected by an independent panel and available for America's vote include:

  • Joe Bishop of Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Emily Munson of Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Robert Ransom of Flat Rock, N.C.
  • Joseph Sumners of Sparta, Tenn.
  • Amanda Thompson of Hays, Kan.

To cast your vote or learn more about National Disability Institute's My American Dream - Voices of Americans with Disabilities Video Contest, visit the official contest website at Please encourage your colleagues, friends and family to vote as well and feel free to share news about the contest via social media.

You can follow contest news on the website or join the conversation on Twitter @RealEconImpact with the hashtag #NDIdream and on Facebook You can also read the national press release on the NDI website.

Thank you in advance for casting your vote and helping one of our five finalists take the steps to make their American Dream a reality!

All the best,
Your Friends at National Disability Institute



The Smithsonian American Art Museum will have its next session of Art Signs gallery talks in ASL on Thursday, April 11 at 5:30pm

Art Signs guide Tracey Salaway will discuss work and ideas of the Korean-born artist Nam June Paik, an artist who was a major influence on late twentieth-century art and who continues to inspire a new generation of artists.  Sometimes called “the father of video art,” Paik created vibrant installations using televisions, video footage and manipulated moving images that both challenge and amuse viewers.

Learn more about the exhibition here:

When:                  Thursday, April 11 at 5:30pm
Where:                 Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th & G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Meet at the F Street Information Desk
Metro: Gallery Place
Carol Wilson
Assistant Chair of Education, In-Gallery Programs
Smithsonian American Art Museum

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