For The Blind
Institute for the blind was established at Nebraska City by act of the
legislature approved February 19, 1875.
citizens of Nebraska City were to raise $4,000 and turn the amount over to the
board of trustees.
Institute was located on ten acres of land and within one mile of the court
house of the city.
legislature of 1897 placed the Institute for the blind and the Nebraska school
for the deaf under one governing board.
Institution has been defined by statute and by a court decision (48 Neb. 184)
to be an educational Institution, not an asylum.
Joel A. Piper of the board of charities and corrections reported on November 30.
1912, as follows:
enrollment at the Institution is gradually declining, and this is one of our
state Institutions that is not overcrowded.
in a measure, may be attributed to the medical inspection which is now given
pupils in the public schools, as many people become blind from causes that
might be prevented if attention were given them at the proper time.”
statute provides that "all blind persons and those blind to such an extent
that they cannot acquire an education in the common schools of the state, of
suitable age and capacity and of good moral character, shall be entitled to an
education in the Institution for the blind without charge."
Nebraska Blue Book - 1915