National Geographic : 1915 Mar
ONE OF THE MOST BENEFICENT INSTITUTIONS IN OUR NATIONAL CAPITAL The Volta Bureau, for the Increase and Diffusion of Knowledge Relating to the Deaf, is educating the public'to the fact that every deaf child can be taught to speak and to under stand the spoken word by reading the movements of the lips. It contains all procurable literature on the history, causes and alleviation of deafness, and the education of the deaf, valuable genealogical material procurable nowhere else, and a card catalog with family history of more than 50,000 deaf children. This unique collection, which never can be duplicated, is of inestimable value in searching for the causes of deafness. The Bureau publishes a monthly magazine, The Volta Review, devoted more especially to advocating the teaching of better speech to children, deaf and hearing, in the home and in the school, and of lip-reading to the adult hard of hearing. The Volta Bureau was founded and endowed in 1888 by Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone. In 1909 he deeded it, with other property, to The American Association to Promote the Teaching of Speech to the Deaf, of which he is the founder and past president. the Potomac and ending in the Lincoln Memorial on the banks of the Potomac, high above the river, where it will suit ably crown a memorial bridge uniting the North and the South, and leading to Arlington, the valhalla of the nation's patriotic dead (see panorama of the ulti mate Washington). More than this, the flats of Anacostia, on the Eastern Branch of the Potomac, are being reclaimed, while the peninsula that lies between the Washington harbor and the Potomac River, enlarging Potomac Park for more than a mile, and called East Potomac Park, is gradually assum ing usable form (see page 222).