Historic Articles and Biographies
Excerpts from family interviews conducted in Baddeck, August 2017, by Amy DeLouise and Jennifer Schwerin, executive produced by Sara Grosvenor. Edited by Caroline Allnutt. (subtitles coming soon!)
Although he is best known as the inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell actually devoted much more of this life to helping people who were deaf or hard of hearing, especially children. Bell’s mother… Read More »How Did Bell Help the Deaf and Hard of Hearing?
In 1887, a newspaper editor in Alabama, Arthur Keller, was told he should put his deaf and blind daughter Helen, a “wild little creature” of six, into an asylum, as so often happened with deaf… Read More »What Was Bell’s Relationship to Helen Keller?
Image George Dalgarno system for signing.Image hand layout for signing.Harold Clark’s talking glove developed for WWI veterans. Katie Booth believes that Bell’s opposition to signing as it was 140 years ago meant he would try… Read More »Rudimentary Sign Languages of the 19th Century Were Not the Same As Modern ASL.
Edwin Grosvenor has been the Editor-in-Chief of American Heritage and Invention & Technology Magazines and President of American Heritage Publishing since 2007. Grosvenor has written, co-authored, or edited thirteen books on American and European history… Read More »About Edwin Grosvenor
In 1879, Bell invented the audiometer to measure the amount of a person’s hearing loss. It was the first device designed to measure different levels of sound, and is the reason that sound is now… Read More »What Devices Did Bell Invent to Help the Deaf?
In his lifetime of work with the deaf, Bell hoped they could be as integrated as possible with the hearing world and emphasized speech therapy and lip reading for the deaf over signing. This became… Read More »How Are Signing and the Oral Method Different?
No. Long before Bell was an inventor, he was a noted teacher of the deaf. Bell taught sign language as a young teacher of the deaf, and sometimes signed with his mother and later with his… Read More »Did Bell Discourage the Use of Sign Language?