The Deaf Cultural Center provides educational and resourceful programs and activities to inspire a deeper appreciation and understanding of the lives of diverse deaf people, including their language, culture, experiences, achievements and contributions worldwide.


Hours

Wed - Sat 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m., or by appointment.

Admission is free.

Contact Information

455 E Park Street
Olathe, KS 66061
Phone: 913-782-5808
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Location Type

Kid-friendly
Museum
Interpretive Signs

Site Info

Parking
Restroom
Wheelchair
AC / Heating
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Restrooms
Staffed
Water Fountain
Wheel Chair Accessible

When a highway sign was set up on I-35 showing the location of the Kansas School for the Deaf, more people stopped by the school asking for information about their families, about former students, or former workers at the school in addition to information about deafness and other related topics. Since KSD was not able to provide this service on a regular basis, board members brought up the idea of setting up a center to provide all of these services for the general public as well as for alumni members, and friends of the KSD, KSDAA [Kansas School for the Deaf Alumni Association] and KAD [Kansas Association for the Deaf].

The cultural center includes a museum. The William J. Marra Museum of Deaf History and Deaf Culture is truly a special place. Each exhibit is designed to take you on a journey through the world of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Come find out why “Being deaf isn’t a disability, but a different ability.”

In addition to other interesting exhibits in the museum, you will learn a little about the history of baseball, through the story of Luther “Dummy” Taylor. Taylor made significant contributions to the sport.

“SAFE!” “He’s OUT!” “Curve ball to the left” — these are well known signs in major league baseball. What may not be so well known is where those signs come from.

If the sports world can thank anyone for the signs used in baseball today, Luther “Dummy” Taylor, a pitcher for the New York Giants in the early 1900’s would be that person. Luther’s manager wanted all his team to be able to communicate with Luther, so he insisted that all his players learn American Sign Language. From these first communication efforts was born the signal system used in the major leagues today.

The William J. Marra Museum of Deaf History and Deaf Culture is proud to host the only exhibit of its kind in the country featuring Luther “Dummy” Taylor. Come visit the Deaf Cultural Center and stop in to say hello to a sports legend, a great ball player, a great deaf man – Luther “Dummy” Taylor.

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