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Founders: Samuel Gridley Howe.

Anna Gardner Fish, a devoted employee of Perkins for 44 years, is remembered for her loyalty to the school as well as for her vast knowledge of the people and happenings on campus. Throughout her extended service at Perkins, she wrote for almost every issue of The Lantern, right up until her death in April 1941. Whenever somebody had a question about Perkins? history, they would turn to Miss Fish. So it is perfectly fitting that her writings be included in this museum. The following passage about Samuel Gridley Howe was written by Anna Gardner Fish and appeared on pages 3 and 8 of the March 15, 1936 issue of The Lantern.

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What can we note of Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe which has not already many times been stated? His is a remarkable instance of how, in spite of Shakespeare's assertion, the good that a man does may live long after him, but especially so when his activities have been so widespread and many-sided as to catch the imagination of his compeers and serve as a torch on their on ward march and when his own gifted wife and daughters have been able to keep alive his personality and the knowledge of his achievements through their inspiring chronicles.

Mr. Anagnos, his son-in law and our second director, who paid constant tribute to Dr. Howe's splendid work for the blind and followed closely in his footsteps, was intensely gratified when, in connection with Dr. Howe's centenary, in 1901, with its fine celebration in Tremont Temple, the Alumnae Association of Perkins Institution established a Day of Remembrance, which has been annually observed ever since at about the time of Dr. Howe's anniversary, November 10. Similar action had long since been taken by the deaf in memory of Dr. Gallaudet, their leader, and Mr. Anagnos felt it most appropriate that such commemoration of Dr. Howe should become a yearly custom. At the same time a club composed of the older boys of the school was re-christened the Howe Memorial Club, to Mr. Anagnos' great satisfaction, and it has functioned from that day to this as a helpful and uplifting influence in the school.

Mr. Anagnos himself had assigned the name Howe Memorial Press to the printing fund which he created in 1880; the name ?Howe Building" was bestowed upon the brick school building in the girls' department at South Boston, before removal to Watertown made it fitting to give that name to the administration building here; and the Howe Reading Club has long flourished in the girls' department on. a high plane of thought and achievement. A school in South Boston bore the same honored name, and a Howe Memorial Committee has sought to connect this designation with a park or playground development in the same suburb.

It seems safe to affirm that Dr. Howe's name will never be lost to fame or dissociated from our school. Many are the biographies and other literary works which add to our information in regard to this remarkable man, but we like best the intimate touches, the personal anecdotes, which his daughters have preserved for us in their genial, witty books and in the talks which they, as well as their mother, Mrs. Julia Ward Howe, and the doctor's staunch friend and biographer, Mr. Frank B. Sanborn, have given to us so delightfully through many years' observances of Dr. Howe's birthday.

The way in which he flung his young manhood into the Grecian struggle for independence and, later, his mission in distributing relief to the Cretan refugees; his pre-eminent labors in the education of the blind, and his efforts in behalf of the deaf and of the feeble-minded, in whose betterment he was a pioneer worker, and of public school advancement; his interest in the insane, in prison reform and in the anti-slavery cause; his service on the Sanitary Commission at the time of the Civil War, to the Massachusetts Board of State Charities, and as a trustee of the Massachusetts General Hospital, all these concerns picture for us a vivid character, a leader possessing both "the seeing eye and the helping hand," unstinting in his service to his fellow-beings and intensely alive to all forward movements. His lifework has been said to have been the laying of foundations, and upon them what edifices of beneficence have been built and are still building! "Men had to follow where such a man directed," said one of his eulogists. Indeed, in many a diversified field of endeavor must have arisen the same sigh of relief with which Dr. Fisher hailed the dawning upon his inner and outer vision of this man as destined educator of the blind, "Here is Howe, the very man we have been looking for all this time."

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