Deaf History That — “The NAD’s First Conference”

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With the NAD Leadership and Training Conference (NLTC) just around the corner (happening October 5-7, 2017 in Oklahoma City!) we thought about the very first convention that took place in 1880. #deafhistoryTHAT #ASLstories

VIDEO DESCRIPTION AND TRANSCRIPT: Linsay Darnall, Jr. waves hello to someone out of frame before facing the camera. A small transparent NAD logo appears on bottom right.

LINSAY: In 1880, the National Convention of the Deaf-Mutes first met here in Cincinnati, Ohio at a beautiful hotel named the Bellevue House. One of the interesting things about that hotel was that when people wanted to reach the hotel, they would need to use the incline railroad. There was a track, which began on the ground level and ended on the top of the hill. The car would bring people up to where the hotel was. The people at the hotel on the top of the hill could see the spectacular view of the whole city of Cincinnati. During the convention, Edmund Booth was the first chair of the meeting and the people asked if he’d be interested in becoming the President of the NAD. Booth declined the honor and the distinction went to Robert McGregor instead. The convention also established the executive committee who would be responsible for the organization’s operation till the next convention. It was such a pleasant and good convention!

Video cuts to same grey background with white text “This video series is made possible by the Emanuel “Manny” Golden Visual History Fund.” In smaller text on the bottom, “National Association of the Deaf © 2016 All Rights Reserved”

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