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Bringing the Helen Keller Archives into the Digital Age

Two photos: Helen Keller's honorary Oscar statuette, left, and Helen Keller's braillewriter, right.

With her brilliant writings and commitment to social action, Helen Keller continues to inspire each new generation. The letters, photographs, and artifacts that comprise the record of her public life remain as relevant as ever.

Thanks to a generous matching grant from the Lions Clubs International Foundation, many of Keller's greatest treasures will become more widely available to the public. This past year, over 250 artifacts from AFB's Helen Keller Archives were digitized with the goal of creating an online museum. It's fitting that in its 90th year, AFB continues to employ the latest technology to ensure that Helen Keller's legacy will inspire hope and social change for generations to come.

"Touch each object as if tomorrow your tactile sense would fail. Smell the perfume of the flowers, taste with relish each morsel... Make the most of every sense; glory in all the facets of pleasure and beauty which the world reveals to you."

—Helen Keller

(Photo Caption) The Helen Keller Archives contains more than 80,000 items.
Helen Keller's Honorary Oscar, 1955 and her travel Braille Writer, 1946 (seen in a folded position)

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