Helen Keller: An Introduction
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A Visual History
Helen was famous from the age of 8 until her death at the age of 87. The photographs contained in the Helen Keller Archives span the nine decades of her life. The images provide a window into her life and the social, political, and cultural changes that took place in American society and the world around her.
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Helen Keller worked for the American Foundation for the Blind for more than 40 years. She was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama, on June 27, 1880, and became deaf and blind at 19 months. Few could have imagined the leading role she would go on to play in many of the significant political, social, and cultural movements of the 20th century. Until her passing in 1968, she worked unceasingly to improve the lives of people with disabilities.
As caretakers of Helen Keller's archival collection and legacy, we are honored to share her history with you via our website.
- Helen Keller's Words: 80 Years Later… Still as Powerful
by Helen Selsdon on 5/9/2013
- A Q&A with Keller Johnson-Thompson, Helen Keller's great-grandniece
by AFB Staff on 3/4/2013
- Helen Keller Continues to Inspire
by AFB Staff on 1/31/2013
- Helen Tours the Middle East: Lebanon
by Helen Selsdon on 3/15/2012