The fact that St. Nicholas care exists is due to a blind boy, a dedicated pedagogue and a tsar’s daughter. But one after the other .
Under princely wing
1827 Teacher Gottlieb Friedrich Wagner offers "lessons for the blind" for the first time in Stuttgart. At first only for one student, then it becomes more and more children. 20 years later, Olga Nikolaevna, the future queen, writes Wagner a momentous letter. She wants to take his "institution for the blind" under her "special protection. Am 15. October 1856 the time has come: Olga von Wurttemberg opens the "Nikolaus-Pflege fur blinde Kinder" in Forststrabe 18, far away from the city on a garden plot. Named after its father, Tsar Nicholas I. from Russia. Gottlieb Friedrich Wagner, the dedicated educator, but soon fails in his task as head of the institution. Planning, managing, keeping the money together – it overwhelms him. Wagner is henceforth employed only as a teacher and is dismissed in 1857.