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  • The Minnesota Historical Society presented to both the House of Representative and the Senate about the results from the Legacy Funding. Thompson Hall was one of only two projects selected to represent the projects out of thousands. Herman Fuechtmann, president of the Thompson Hall Board of Trustees, and John Fechter, president of the Minnesota Association of Deaf Citizens (MADC) and board member of Deaf Equity, represented the project.


  • The oral-visual histories and supporting documentation (dated 1996-2011) were accessioned into the Minnesota Historical Society's permanent archives (July 2017)
  • Dr. Teika Pakalns and Barbara W. Sommer presented on Minnesota's Deaf Heritage Projects, Oral-Visual History Project Methodology at the U.S. Deaf History Conference, White Bear Lake, MN (March 2017)


  • Applied for and obtained National Historic Register status for Charles Thompson Memorial Hall, the first building in the United States specifically designed as a meeting place for people who are deaf by Olaf Hanson, an architect who was deaf. The building is a national treasure and is still used every day by the community.
  • Archived historic photos and documents with the Minnesota Digital Library in collaboration with Charles Thompson Memorial Hall, the Minnesota Association of Deaf Citizens, and the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf Alumni Association Museum to record and make accessible the vibrant lives and celebrated accomplishments of the deaf community.


  • Produced and made accessible 54 interviews with deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind leaders in collaboration with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Metro Division (DHHSD) of the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Digiterp Communications, the Minnesota Association of Deaf Citizens (MADC), the Minnesota Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (MRID), and the St. Paul Neighborhood Network. 
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