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Childhood 1880-1894

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Ivy Green, where Helen was born

Helen Keller was born in a small town called Tuscumbia, Alabama, on an estate called Ivy Green. Her birthday was June 27, 1880, and her parents were Kate Adams Keller and Colonel Arthur Keller. Theirs was a house full of words; Helen's dad was the editor of the local paper, The North Alabamian. But silence fell on this house in February 1882 when 19-month-old Helen became extremely ill and lost her ability to hear and see.

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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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