SIGHT SAVING SCHOOL
JOIN US AS WE CELEBRATE
PHYLLIS MCGOWAN'S RETIREMENT
FROM IOWA BRAILLE
WHEN: 3-5pm on December 18th
WHERE: IBSSS South wing first floor OLD MAIN
If you are unable to attend and would like to send a card
Phyllis McGowan, IBS, 1002 G Avenue, Vinton, Iowa 52349
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 to be held on the IBSSS campus at Vinton.
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.
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.
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.
Born May 10, 1823
Died February 12, 1909
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
Contact Pat Barr for an OFFICIAL GUIDED TOUR
319 - 472 - 5221 ext. 1110
Official tours are provided with knowledgeable staff and alum who can tell the history of the school through experience and research.