Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Helen Keller photo discovered

photo of 8 year old Helen Keller, holding a doll and sitting next to her teacher Anne Sullivan
Last week, the New England Historic Genealogical Society released this wonderful photograph of a young Helen Keller vacationing in Massachusetts in July, 1888. She is sitting outside on a chair and holding a doll. Her teacher, Anne Sullivan is next to her. Interestingly, "doll" was Helen's first signed word, in March of 1887. You can read the full story here - it covers some details about Helen's life and also the story behind the photograph.

4 comments:

Diane J Standiford said...

This blew me away.

Chris said...

Interesting story!

Seen my blog yet? Disability related too!

Philip. said...

What a lovely photo!

Katja said...

Your link to the press release didn't work for me, but this one did: http://www.newenglandancestors.org/pdfs/hkeller_release_feb08v2.pdf