SIGHT SAVING 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.
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
TO SCHEDULE AN OFFICIAL GUIDED TOUR
contact Justin Ruegg at:
phone 319 - 472 - 5221 Extention 1226
or by e-mail at
Official tours are provided with knowledgeable staff and alum who can tell the history of the school through experience and research.