The Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School was established in September of 1852 by Samuel Bacon. The school opened in a small house in the southeast part of Keokuk with four blind students from the Keokuk area. On January 18, 1853 the school was adopted by the state and moved to Iowa City were it opened in April, 1853.

 

HISTORY OF THE
IOWA BRAILLE
AND
SIGHT SAVING SCHOOL


 

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Samuel Bacon
Born May 10, 1823 Died February 12, 1909.

Founder:
Illinois School for the Blind - 1849
Jaacksonville, Illinois.

Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School - 1852
Vinton, Iowa.

Nebraska School for the Blind - 1875
Nebraska City, Nebraska.  

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This is a photo of one of the locations In Iowa City used by the state for the school. While the school was located in Iowa City it was moved several times to larger buildings to allow for the growing student population. 

In 1858, after many requests to find a permenent location, the school was located in Vinton. In May of 1858 the trustees of the school met at Vinton and accepted land donated by John W. O. Webb. Construction began on the school building during the summer of 1858, but due to many setbacks the school did not open for operations until the fall of 1862. 

ICB Main Building 1895

This real photo of old main shows the building after
the North and South Wing additions.
(This building has changed very little over its 150 years.)
 

Tours of the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School are available
Monday through Friday 8:30 - 3:00
Or by appointment.
To Schedule a tour contact Justin Ruegg at:
phone 319 - 472 - 5221 Extention 1226
or by e-mail at
jruegg@iowa-braille.k12.ia.us

 

2016 ALL SCHOOL REUNION

JULY 22 - 24

 

Visit www.ibsaa.org for more information

 


 

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These pages last updated April 28, 2016