Thursday, April 26, 2007

The Controversies of the Statue: DH #2

Obtaining information from Deaf History conference 2007 at Gallaudet and researcher, Michael Olson,Barb DiGi explains about the controversies that the deaf community had faced when planning on the statue of Thomas H. Gallaudet and Alice Cogswell. Some surprising facts that you may find it interesting how the deaf community back then was not much of a difference today. Please click on David Evans's journal to read more about it. 14:50 minutes long. For back up video view click on Google


Oscar the Observer said...


Mikey said...

As always,

Your stories are entertaining! I just subscribed to your blog and whenever something new comes on I'd take a look at it.

Keep it up with your vlog, I don't know how you do it, I just don't have the time! Smiles...

Thank you for doing this! Looking forward to more vlogs on Deaf history...

Michele said...

Wow these stories are really human and up close to nature. Were these stories told before as I never heard about them?

A lot of stories like this are popping up like Abraham Lincoln best-seller book, how do people get the stories started up and why does it take a long time before these kinds of stories emerge? Is it because of advanced technology that helps people to retrieve these kinds of stories?

Me wonder! Thank you! I enjoyed watching you.

Anonymous said...

Wow really interesting story..I Love history.. thank you for sharing with us....

Thank you

David said...

Response to Barb: CLICK HERE

Anonymous said...

Well, well, well, there is a big history. You read my mind. I posted about the statue of Thomas Gallaudet and Alice Cogswell in the DH #1 the other day.

No wonder why the Statue of Thomas Gallaudet and Alice Cogswell is very special. I am very proud for being a Gallaudet Alumnus!

Unfortunately, no one recognizes Laurent Clerc.....Is there a statue of Laurent Clerc around in the USA? If you find one, let us know.

White Ghost

mishkazena said...

Very interesting, Barb. Are you also a history teacher? Cuz you are doing a good job explaining to us the history of the statute.

I was startled to find out that French copied the work of a deaf artist for this statute. I don't recall seeing any credit to this 'forgotten' deaf artist. This doesn't strike me fair for French to get all the credit when someone else came up with the idea.

Longoman said...

Good Golly, what an insight in this history!!
Goes to show that we should NEVER mess with mother nature!
Didn't realize EMG is self centered not thinking outside of his box.
Thanks for shedding the light onto this matter. YOU ROCK!!br/>Steve

Gary Brooks said...

Wow!!!! this is one of the best storytelling I ever seen! in fact myself I have directed and produced "The G files" which Gallaudet University library has DVD for any patrons to view it. One of those segment, I produced about "The Tree" a short story about THG/AC statue and the old oak tree. Your story is very depth! I thought of if I could have you in my future TV show called "In Search of Deaf Treasures" I always hungry for many deaf stories that have never been told! I must admit you are already struck in my eyes! hopeful one day I can have you in my film!

by the way is Ryan DiGi your son? because he is also star in my film "The G files"

alright looking to see your vlogs!

Gary Brooks

mochame said...

Another amazing storytelling! I am very impressive that you found the treasure trove of DEAF histories.

Karen Mayes said...

Wow! I enjoyed listening your story!

Mishkanzena, yup, she is a history teacher... she is a social studies specialist and she is damned good at it!


Anonymous said...

Your vlog was greatly appreciated.
From Sue Chevy

Domvera said...

WOW! What an inspirational story! Especially the favorite part about the large tree that the thunder hit and resulted to plant the statue. It will be nice to see the artificial tree with the swing and the statue of Alice Cogswell. That will help us to revisit the historical landmark. Also the statue of Laurent Clerc should erect on Gallaudet Campus to honor.

Thank you for your generously sharing with us. I love history that enriches my personal knowledge.

Off the topic, not related to this matter. It is related to our American history. I just read National Geographic magazine about the real story of Jamestown, VA. I was dumbfounded learning that the English Settlers lived in marsh land while the Natives lives on solid land. Before 1607, the Natives lived with their natural environment with corn, squash, and others on the garden field, deers, and surrounding trees. When the English settlers arrived, they brought cows, pigs, chickens, honeybee, earthworms, and tobacco (actual imported from Caribbean). The ecosystem changed. Unbelievable!

Truly appreciated your sharing with us in regarding of deaf history. It is great perservation for our culture, folklore, and language.

Thank you.

Nick Vera

Karen Mayes said...

Nick, wow, about the English settlers living in marsh land...

I am a bit confused... you said earthworms? I am guessing there is many kinds of earthworms all over the planet. Tobacco... I actually thought it was a native American plant. Shows how much we don't know! :-)

Dianrez said...

Oh, what a story about the lightning hitting the tree at the precise spot! God had a voice in the controversy...or was it
Gallaudet himself, weighing in with his decisive vote?? :-D

Anonymous said...

What can I say except that you totally rock!

Julie Rems-Smario

mule4350 said...

I was intersting to hear what did u tell everything! Of course at that time They seem up and down things and I agreed about tree by lightning by thunder and next week it was gone. That is it! It was wonderful History

Amy said...


You do have a wonderful talent, especially putting this presentation together! I know you are an historian by heart, and it shows!

Keep it plugging, girl!


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Barb DiGi said...

Let's see if this works:

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Barb DiGi said...

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