Welcome

HISTORY
OF THE
IOWA BRAILLE
AND
SIGHT SAVING SCHOOL

 



SPECIAL EVENT



ANNOUNCING THE 2018
ALL STAFF AND STUDENT REUNION
JUNE 1 THROUGH JUNE 3

Come one, Come all to our last all staff all student nonaffiliated reunion.

This reunion is not associated with the IBSAA group and is open to everyone. Get the word out that this could be the last all school reunion held on the campus of IBSSS. 
  
Let everyone know.

Reunion Registration

Contact: reunion@ibsssalumni.org



WE WOULD LIKE YOUR ASSISTANCE!

The Iowa school has served thousands of children and adults since its founding in 1852.
What we would like is your help in identifying pictures we have posted on our site.
If you have any family who attended this school we would like any information available on them.

Our history is disappearing quickly and your help is needed to keep what we have.

 

SPECIAL SECTION 
NEWS FROM THE
1985 - 1987
FIGHT FOR IOWA BRAILLE

"SAVE OUR SCHOOL
"

 

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 where it opened in April of 1853. 
 


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

 

 

Established
Illinois School for the Blind 1849
Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School 1852
Nebraska School for the Blind 1875

 

SUPERINTENDENT OF THE IOWA SCHOOL
1852 - 1862

 

 

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. 

After a period of rapid growth, and several moves to larger buildings, a request was made to establish a permanent location for the school.  Several communities from across the state were in competition for the location but through the efforts of the Vinton Eagle and its editor Thomas Drummond Vinton was selected. 

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. 

 

Photo of the Main Building Iowa College for the Blind 1895

 

Current picture of the Iowa Braille School Main Building

 

TOURS OF THE SCHOOL

Tours of the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School are available
Monday through Friday 8:30 - 3:00
1002 G Avenue
Vinton, Iowa
Contact Pat Barr for an OFFICIAL GUIDED TOUR
319 - 472 - 5221 ext. 1110

OR

TO SCHEDULE AN OFFICIAL GUIDED TOUR
contact Justin Ruegg at:
phone 319 - 472 - 5221 Extention 1226
or by e-mail at
jruegg@iowa-braille.k12.ia.us   

Official tours are provided with knowledgeable staff and alum who can tell the history of the school through experience and research.