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  Morganton, NC
 

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Introducing the NC School for the Deaf Historical Museum Website
We former students and staff members of the North Carolina School for the Deaf think we have found a great way to increase interest in the history of our school. While our local museum contains a vast reservoir of historic items, we realize that not all of our visitors can visit our museum and see first-hand the treasures we have collected. Therefore, we will use this website, ncsdmuseum.net, to inform and enlighten our membership and our visitors about the history of our school, the North Carolina School for the Deaf.

Mission:
The sole function of the Historical Rusmisell Museum Society (NC Historical Museum) is to acquaint the people of North Carolina through every available method of education with the history of the North Carolina School for the Deaf. In order to accomplish this educational objective, the Society will do all within its power to collect all available historical material connected with the history of the North Carolina School for the Deaf, preserve the same, and record it in such an orderly manner that it may be more readily utilized for educational purposes.

About Us
Currently our museum is located at the North Carolina School for the Deaf in Morganton, North Carolina and is housed in the former superintendent home which was built in 1870.
The first small museum was located on the second floor in the Main Building in 1977. At that time NCSD students Jimmy Autrey, Kenneth McGee (deceased), and other students plus some NCSD administrators and staff members began setting up the museum, dedicating it to the Rusmisell families (More details about the Rusmisell families can be found elsewhere on the website ncsdmuseum.net.) The museum remained at this location until the renovation of the Main Building began in 1998 and was completed in 2003.

In 1981, Dr. Rance Henderson, former superintendent, requested a few staff members and friends to start a new organization for the NCSD Historical Museum, to oversee the work on the museum. Over the years, our museum organization underwent many changes in order to provide better services to the visitors and alumni. In 1994 our board members decided to have our museum organization incorporated. After much long work, the Historic Rusmisell Museum Society finally became incorporated in 1995. In 2003 we moved our historical materials and equipment to its current location, the former superintendent home.

On display are many artifacts, vintage clothing, newspapers, school publications, yearbooks, photos, negatives, films and VCR tapes, scrapbooks, old furniture, alumni newsletters, Biennial Reports, etc. from 1891 to the present. Also we included some articles, Biennial Reports and photos of our state’s first deaf school in Raleigh, covering the years from 1845 to 1891.

We believe that visitors will enjoy going through the museum and learning about NCSD’s rich history and its many accomplishments.
 


 




 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 




 




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


The Historic Rusmisell Museum Society is a 501 (c)(3) and 509 (a)(2) nonprofit organization; all contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Our organization’s objective is to collect all available historical material  connected with the history of the North Carolina School for the Deaf at Morganton, North Carolina  and to preserve the same and record it in such an orderly manner that it may be more readily utilized for  educational purposes.


 



 
 
 

 

   

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