Helen Adams Keller was born on June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. In 1882, she was stricken by an illness that left her blind and deaf. Beginning in 1887, Keller’s teacher, Anne Sullivan, helped her make tremendous progress with her ability to communicate, and Keller went on to college, graduating in 1904. Keller helped found the ACLU in 1920. During her lifetime, she received many honors in recognition of her accomplishments.
This is a letter written by Helen Keller, an exhibit in the Gann Museum.
When I returned a short time ago from Montgomery, Alabama, where I had been visiting my family since April, I found your gift awaiting me, and how pleased I was! I am sorry it has had to remain so long unacknowledged. But it makes me happy to know that our little friend down in Benton, Arkansas, has not forgotten us. They tell me, the color of the pottery is lovely, and I like to feel its graceful shape. I thank you so much for the gift, and for the clipping from the Benton paper which we enjoyed reading. We hope we shall see you again some day, and then we can tell you a lot of interesting things about the country we have travelled [sic] through, and about the city of New York.
We are having a pleasant summer, and I wish you could share the good times we have going to beaches around New York and to the “Zoo.,” picknicking, [sic] in the woods and motoring down Long Island. My three little nieces are spending the summer with me, and they enjoy everything so keenly, it is a joy to watch them.
Give my cordial greetings to your mother and father. With love and good wishes, I am,
At the bottom of the document, Helen Keller hand writes “I think I promised you a photograph. I am sending you this with bunches of my love.”
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