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WRBG Jan. Event: Tour of the Merrill Learning Center at Gallaudet University.

January 29, 2020 @ 11:45 am - 2:00 pm


The WASHINGTON RARE BOOK GROUP invites you to join us for:

A tour of the Merrill Learning Center at Gallaudet University.

 Hosted by Meredith Peruzzi, William Ennis, and Michael J. Olsen

 January 29, 2019, 12:00p.m.

Gallaudet University, federally chartered in 1864, is a bilingual, diverse, multicultural institution of higher education that ensures the intellectual and professional advancement of deaf and hard of hearing individuals through American Sign Language and English. Given the nature of the University’s mission, the Gallaudet University Library Deaf Collections and Archives works diligently to build, maintain and organize the world’s largest collection of materials related to the Deaf Community, as well as the home to Gallaudet University’s institutional records and the records of the Gallaudet family. Included in the collection are artifacts, photographs, films, papers, periodicals, books, and other items.

Even though there is no cost for this event, members must RSVP by January 27th because space is limited to 15.

Meredith Peruzzi is responsible for managerial and curatorial duties at the Gallaudet University Museum. She joined the Gallaudet University Museum team in June of 2013 as a chief exhibition writer and researcher. Later in 2013, Peruzzi became the Curator of the Gallaudet at 150 and Beyond Exhibition. Since January of 2014, she has been the Manager of the Gallaudet University Museum.

William Ennis is an assistant professor of history in the Department of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Sociology at Gallaudet University. His teaching and research centers on the history of Deaf people in the United States. His recent work has explored the effects of eugenics on the lives of Deaf people. In addition to teaching and research, he also serves as the chair of the Gallaudet University Faculty Senate.

Michael J. Olson, a North Dakota native, graduated from Gallaudet University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1979. He did some graduate work in Library Science at the University of Maryland. Currently, Michael is employed as a Senior Archivist of Library Deaf Collections and Archives at Gallaudet. He began to work in the Archives in 1981, and over the years, he has gained knowledge of archival techniques and preservation of the collections. He processes the personal papers of Deaf individuals and organizations, as well as giving numerous lectures and tours of the archives to students, alumni and visiting groups.


We will gather at 11:45am inside the Merrill Learning Center. The event will begin at noon and can be followed by a “Dutch-treat” lunch at nearby Union Market if there is interest.


Directions to the Merrill Learning Center:

The campus address is 800 Florida Avenue, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002. Merrill Learning Center is at the center of campus, facing the Gallaudet Mall.

Merrill Learning Center is an 18-minute walk from the NOMA/Gallaudet Metro Station. Here are the walking directions from the Metro:

     Head north on 2nd St NE toward Florida Ave NE
     Turn right onto Florida Ave NE
     Sharp left onto Lincoln Cir NE
    Turn right toward Lincoln Cir NE
    Turn right onto Lincoln Cir NE
    Take your first right
    Take your first left
    The Merrill Learning Center will be on the right

Parking passes are available if you would prefer to drive; please email washingtonrarebookgroup@gmail.com if you require a parking pass.

There is a gatehouse at the entrance to campus from Florida Avenue, so if you have questions do not hesitate to ask the staff!


Questions? Contact us!


It is time to renew your membership dues for 2020!


Amanda Zimmerman,

WRBG President


January 29, 2020
11:45 am - 2:00 pm


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