KSD 200th anniversary events continue

Published 3:51 pm Thursday, April 13, 2023

The Kentucky School for the Deaf began its 200th anniversary week celebration on Monday with an opening reception at Jacobs Hall Museum.

Danville Mayor James Atkins made a proclamation presentation for the anniversary, and made a toast to the school. Also in attendance were Judge Executive Trille Bottom, State Senator Amanda Mays Bledsoe, and others.

The museum had several new displays that the museum staff researched and put together for the anniversary. They include information about and pictures of the Colored School at KSD, the Civil war, different sports teams and their photos, student societies, the Kentucky Standard, and other things. The museum has a new full room about clubs, including an old bicycle club in Danville.

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Jacobs Hall Museum will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 15.

Also on April 15, the Anniversary Gala is at the Hilton Lexington Hotel from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. Over 400 people bought tickets and the event is sold out. The gala will have a silent auction and a special famous speaker.

The special guest is Troy Kotsur, who is the first Deaf male to receive an Oscar award on a movie called “CODA.” His wife, Deanne Bray, is an actress on a TV series “F.B.Eye.”

On April 16, Clays Mill Baptist Church on Brannon Road in Nicholasville will be hosting “Deaf Education Day” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Senator Donald Douglas and other senators will present the resolution to recognize the school’s 200th anniversary to the alumni, KSD staff, students, parents and retired and former employees. There will be lunch with BBQ afterwards and it is open to the public.