Deaf History That — “Thomas Brown”

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What happened in Henniker, New Hampshire? #deafhistoryTHAT #ASLstories

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Outside, a man walks in frame and stands in front of an old house. A small transparent NAD logo appears on bottom right.

LINSAY: This is Henniker, New Hampshire! Deaf advocacy can be traced its origin to this humble small town. Nahum Brown, a deaf man with hearing parents arrived here. First, the family had to cut down the trees and then they built a house. They farmed and raised crops. Nahum married a hearing woman, and together they had a son named Thomas and another daughter, both children were also deaf. Thomas grew up learning from his father the tools of the trade. Eventually, they learned that the American School for the Deaf (ASD) was founded in 1817. That was when Thomas was already a grown up boy. With his father being deaf and the family using their own sign language, it was decided to send Thomas and his sister to ASD. Years later, Thomas completed his studies and was asked to remain there as a teacher. Thomas accepted the job but didn’t stay very long and decided to return home to New Hampshire. Upon his return, he taught his father how to sign his name in writing. Thomas was intelligent and a very active individual. He became a leader and a driving force behind the establishment of the New England Gallaudet Association of the Deaf and the eventual formation of the NAD and thereafter. It’s nice to look back and remember how it all started — here at a small humble town in Henniker, New Hamphire, and the Brown family.

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