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The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is a resource, support network, and advocate for listening, learning, talking, and living independently with hearing loss. Through publications, advocacy, training, scholarships, and financial aid, AG Bell promotes the use of spoken language as well as hearing technology for children with hearing loss. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with chapters located throughout the United States and a network of international affiliates.
The Alexander Graham Bell Museum Association (the Association) is a non-profit society that has a cooperating agreement with Parks Canada to operate the Museum Store and Tetra Café at the Museum. This includes a physical store within the Museum and an online store that launched in the Fall of 2018.
The Museum Store supports and continues the mission of the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site (the Museum) by offering a diverse selection of books, jewelry, beautiful gifts, distinctive home décor, children’s art books and toys, and handcrafted items (regional, provincial, national, international) relating to the Museum.
On a sprawling stretch of land overlooking Baddeck Bay on the Bras d’Or Lakes, visitors can discover the life and work of a modern-day genius. Here, they can tour the mind of inventor Alexander Graham Bell though the world’s largest collection of mementos, photos, and models. A full-scale replica of the famous Silver Dart, a model HD-4 Hydrofoil craft, Bell’s walking stick, and personal notebook are all on display and available via an extraordinary behind-the-scenes tour. Kids can play games, fly kites, and try out a science experiment.
The Bell National Historic Site is the location of the Brantford home where Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone on July 26, 1874. Visitors can see how the Bell family lived and worked, and learn how Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone and follow its evolution to date. Guests can also delve deeply into the Bell Homestead history. There are a variety of activities and special events to enjoy year-round, including tours, the cafe and museum store, educational trips, day camps, birthday parties, drop-in activities, rentals, and more.
Since its founding in 1867, Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech (formerly Clarke School for the Deaf) has prepared children who are deaf or hard of hearing to succeed in mainstream schools and the wider world. In addition to its work with children, the school serves families and adults through a wide range of programs and services. With its extensive staff of experts, physical locations along the Eastern Seaboard, and a robust teleservices program delivering services remotely, they strive to reach people with hearing loss at all stages of life.
On January 27, 1888, the National Geographic Society was founded in Washington, D.C., for “the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge.” The 33 men who originally met and formed the National Geographic Society were a diverse group of geographers, explorers, teachers, lawyers, cartographers, military officers, and financiers. All shared an interest in scientific and geographical knowledge, as well as an opinion that in a time of discovery, invention, change, and mass communication, Americans were becoming more curious about the world around them.
Nine months after its inception, the Society published its first issue of National Geographic magazine. Readership did not grow, however, until Gilbert H. Grosvenor took over as editor in 1899. In only a few years, Grosvenor boosted circulation from 1,000 to 2 million by discarding the magazine’s format of short, overly technical articles for articles of general interest accompanied by photographs. National Geographic quickly became known for its stunning and pioneering photography, being the first to print natural-color photos of sky, sea and the North and South Poles.
The Society used its revenues from the magazine to sponsor expeditions and research projects that furthered humanity’s understanding of natural phenomena. In this role, the National Geographic Society has been instrumental in making possible some of the great achievements in exploration and science. To date, it has given out more than 1,400 grants, funding that helped Robert Peary journey to the North Pole, Richard Byrd fly over the South Pole, Jacques Cousteau delve into the sea and Jane Goodall observe wild chimpanzees, among many other projects.
Today, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest non-profit scientific and educational institutions. The Society sees itself as a guardian of the planet’s natural resources, and in this capacity, focuses on ways to broaden its reach and educate its readers about the unique relationship that humans have with the earth.
In 1887, Alexander Graham Bell, inventor and deaf educator, founded the Volta Bureau to serve as a library for deaf people and those researching deafness. Originally housed in his father’s carriage house across the street, by 1893, the Bureau’s work had outgrown the space. Bell commissioned the impressive neoclassical yellow brick and sandstone building at 3417 Volta Place, NW, Washington, DC to be the new headquarters of the Bureau. Bell, who is best known for receiving the first telephone patent in 1876, was also an outstanding figure in early research in deaf education. The building serves as a reminder of Bell’s dedicated work to advance the education of the deaf and sound technology, in general.
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The Alexander and Mabel Bell Legacy Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to preserving, protecting, and advancing the Bells’ legacy and spirit of Innovation.