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  Anne Sullivan Macy: Miracle Worker

Portrait of Anne Sullivan Macy: Miracle Worker

Chronology
 
  Anne Sullivan Macy's Life
 
1866
Anne Mansfield Sullivan is born in Feeding Hills, Massachusetts on April 14.
1873
Anne develops trachoma, which results in severe visual impairment.
1874
Anne's mother, Alice Chloesy Sullivan, dies of tuberculosis
.
1876
Anne and her brother Jimmie are sent to Tewksbury Almshouse.
Jimmie dies in the almshouse several months later.
1877
Anne leaves Tewksbury to have eye surgery at Soeurs de La Charite in Lowell, Massachusetts. The operation is unsuccessful.
Anne is transferred to City Infirmary, where she has another unsuccessful eye operation.
Anne returns to Tewksbury.
1880
Frank B. Sanborn, visiting Tewksbury on behalf of the State Board of Charities, heeds Anne's plea to be sent to the Perkins School for the Blind in Boston, Massachusetts.
Anne is admitted to the Perkins School for the Blind.
1881
Anne has her first successful eye operation.
1882
Anne has a second successful eye operation.
1886
Anne graduates from the Perkins School for the Blind.
1887
Anne accepts the Keller family's offer to tutor their daughter Helen. She arrives at their home in Tuscumbia, Alabama, on March 3.
Anne communicates the meaning of words to Helen in a break-through experience at a water pump.
1888
Anne, Helen, and Helen's mother, Kate Keller, travel to Washington D.C. to meet President Grover Cleveland.
Anne and Helen arrive in Boston to stay with Michael Anagnos, Director of the Perkins School for the Blind.
1890
Anne and Helen travel to Horace Mann School for the Deaf in Boston, Massachusetts, where the principal, Sarah Fuller, gives Helen voice lessons.
1892
Anne is elected a member of the American Association to Promote the Teaching of Speech to the Deaf.
1894
Anne and Helen arrive at the Wright-Humason School for the Deaf in New York City, where Helen is a student for the next two years.
Anne delivers a speech at the American Association to Promote the Teaching of Speech to the Deaf in Chautauqua, New York. She is too shy to speak and has her friend and mentor Alexander G. Bell speak for her.
1896
Anne accompanies Helen to the Cambridge School for Young Ladies in Massachusetts, where Helen enrolls to prepare for the Radcliff College entrance examinations.
1897
Anne and Helen leave the Cambridge School for Young Ladies and go to live with the Chamberlins at the Red Farm in Wrentham, Massachusetts.
1900
Anne accompanies Helen when she enrolls in Radcliff College.
1903
Helen's autobiography, "The Story of My Life," is published with the editorial help of John Albert Macy.
1904
Anne and Helen purchase a home in Wrentham, Massachusetts.
1905
Anne marries John Albert Macy.
1909
John buys a house in Brunswick, Maine.
1912
Anne becomes a lukewarm Socialist (suggest deleting)
1913
John sails for Europe alone in May.
Anne and Helen begin lecturing in New England.
1914
Anne and John separate.
Anne falls and chips an elbow bone.
Polly Thomson joins the household as Helen's secretary.
1915
Anne is honored with a "Teacher's Medal" at the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco, California.
1916
Anne is incorrectly diagnosed with tuberculosis. She leaves for Lake Placid with Polly to recuperate.
Anne and Polly leave Lake Placid and sail to Puerto Rico.
1917
Anne and Polly return to the United States in late April.
Anne, Helen, and Polly travel to Lake Catherine to safeguard Anne's fragile health.
The three women move into a house in Forest Hills, New York.
1918
Anne, Helen and Polly travel to Hollywood to make a movie "Deliverance."
1920
Anne and Helen make their vaudeville debut in Mount Vernon, New York.
1922
Anne and Helen's vaudeville career ends due to Anne's exhaustion and failing vision.
1924
Anne, Helen, and Polly join the American Foundation for the Blind.
1927
By now, Anne and Helen have addressed 250,000 people at 249 meetings in 123 cities on the subject of blindness.
1927-1930
Anne's vision deteriorates significantly over three years.
1928
Anne struggles to help Helen finish her book titled "Midstream."
1929
Dr. Conrad Berens removes Anne's right eye.
1930
Anne, Helen, and Polly take a vacation trip to Ireland, Scotland, and England.
1930-1931
Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania wishes to honor Anne and Helen. Helen accepts but Anne refuses.
1932
John dies at the age of 55.
Anne accepts an honorary degree from Temple University, Pennsylvania.
1933
During a trip to Scotland Anne suffers from an outbreak of carbuncles.
1936
Anne dies on October 20.



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