The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf Alumni Association
PSDAA supports PSD and Philadelphia Chapter Black Deaf Advocates for BLM’s causes.
To Whom It May Concern:
On Monday, August 3, 2020, Pennsylvania School for the Deaf Alumni Association (PSDAA) Board of Officers convened about the inappropriate statements being circulated by the board member via social media. During the meeting a Board member voluntarily resigned her position as Vice-President and is no longer an officer as of this date.
After we resolved the matter, we discussed further the need to improve the status of PSDAA officers’ commitment. A Code of Conduct will be created and each officer will sign it yearly. This will take effect immediately. In addition, we plan to have a training course to educate the officers to work with BIPOC.
PSDAA supports PSD and PCBDA in Black Lives Matter’s causes.
In 1913 Mrs. C. C. Brinton, a member of the Ladies’ Committee of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Institute for the Deaf and Dumb (PID&D), ﬁrst suggested the formation of the Alumni Association. The next year, on June 19, 1914 Mr. William L. Davis and a group of alumni met in the Marble Hall of Wissinoming Hall and organized the Alumni Association.
During its ﬁrst year, 1914-15, was conﬁned to lots of preparatory and organizational work. Then on September 4-6, 1915 the Alumni of P.I.D.&D had their 1st reunion. Over 350 people attended. Mr. William L. Davis was the ﬁrst President. Events of our ﬁrst reunion included a business meeting, then a game of baseball between married men and single men, a reception and dance, an undenominational service, and a series of sport events.
The Alumni Association continued to hold reunions and also to aid the school for the next 20 years, but then it slowly went out of existence.
After the World War II a group of alumni decided to meet at the Horn and Hardart Restaurant located at Broad and Erie to discuss the possibility of reviving the Alumni Association. A meeting to discuss this further was held at Gilpin Hall on March 17, 1946 with many people attending. It was decided to hold an Alumni Day on May 4th on the grounds of the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. An afternoon program of campus activities and a dance in the evening were enjoyed by all.
The Alumni Association continued for another 20 years or so, but it was not until early in the 1970’s when the alumni became so deeply involved with the school. The school’s 150th anniversary and the controversial total communication program (initiated in 1971) were the main factors in bringing the alumni much closer to their beloved school than ever before.
NOTE: The history of PSD Alumni Association is divided into four parts. Each part will be shown quarterly; the second part will be posted sometime next June. Info researched, data compiled, and highlights written by Dr. Jay Basch, Liasion Ofﬁcer, P.S.D. Heritage Center
NEWS FLASH: PSD2020 Alumni Reunion Weekend – June 24 – 28, 2020 Postponement Statement
Due to COVID-19, the PSD2020 Alumni Reunion Weekend event has been cancelled until further notice.
For those who have already purchased combo/individual tickets (credit card, checks, cash, or money orders), you will get a refund.
We will keep you all informed of the new date.
Be safe and stay in touch! Wear your masks.
Jenny, Marsha and Sara