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Childhood 1880-1894

Helen's mother, Kate Adams Keller, 1900 - select for more details
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Helen's mother, Kate Adams Keller, 1900

Learning was tough for Helen. Because of her deafness and blindness, no one could get through to her, and she could not communicate with others. Basic rules and lessons made no sense to her, and she was called a "wild child." Then, in 1886, her mom heard about the Perkins School for the Blind in Boston from Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone. Helen reminded Bell of another girl named Laura Bridgman, who was deaf and blind. Kate wrote to the head of the Perkins School to ask for a teacher for Helen and they sent their star student, Anne Sullivan. The day she arrived—March 3, 1887—Helen's life changed.

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Ivy Green, where Helen was born

Helen's mother, Kate Adams Keller, 1900

Portrait of Anne Sullivan, 1887

The water pump where Helen made her miraculous breakthrough

Helen's early writing

Photograph of the Boy's Kindergarten class at the Perkins School for the Blind, c. 1880

Helen touching the branch of a tree

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