1836, Sarah Fuller was born in Weston, Massachusetts!
Sarah Fuller attended school at the Allan English and Classical School, and by 1869 she was training under Harriet B. Rogers to learn how to teach deaf students. In 1871, she was the principal of Boston’s Horace Mann School for the Deaf. Under her leadership, the staff was trained by Alexander Graham Bell to learn how to teach deaf children to speak.
Sarah went on to give Helen Keller her first speech lessons, published a guide for teaching deaf children, and created the American Association to Promote the Teaching of Speech to the Deaf. She died at the age of ninety-one in Newton Lower Falls.
In the first picture above, Sarah Fuller is shown at the age of thirty-three. In the second one, Sarah is on the far left standing next to Alexander Graham Bell.
Sarah Fuller at age 33, circa 1869, Horace Mann School photographs, Collection 0420.047, City of Boston Archives, Boston
A convention group at Lake George (Miss Fuller and Dr. Bell at extreme left, circa 1900,
Horace Mann School photographs, Collection 0420.047, City of Boston Archives, Boston
Blog post by Monica Haberny, City Archives Outreach Intern