Hellen Keller

  • Birth

    Helen Keller was born on June 27, in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Arthur Keller, a former officer in the Confederate army and Kate Adams were her parents.
  • The Tragedy

    The Tragedy
    At the age of 19 months, Helen was stricken with an acute illness, meningitis and she lost her sight and hearing ability due to a high fever.
  • She's Brilliant

    She's Brilliant
    Dr. Alexander Graham Bell recognized that Helen was exceptionally bright and he urged to find a teacher from the Perkins Institute for the Blind.
  • The Teacher

    The Teacher
    Anne Sullivan became her teacher. Helen progressed with language rapidly under Anne's tutorage.
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    Hellen's Education

    Helen Keller learned to read and write in Braille at the Perkins Institution and learned to speak at the Horace Mann School for the Deaf. She studied at the Wright-Humason School for the Deaf, the Cambridge School for Young Ladies and to Radcliffe College.
  • Mark Twain

    Mark Twain
    Mark Twain recognized her great spirit and intelligent despite her deafness and blindness.
  • The College Years

    The College Years
    Helen enrolled as a regular student in Radcliffe College with the help of Anne Sullivan.
  • Her First Book

    Her First Book
    Her first book, her autobiography The Story of My Life was published.
  • Helen's Accomplishment

    Helen's Accomplishment
    Helen became the first blind/deaf person to graduate from Radcliffe College.
  • Helen's Books Continue to Come

    Helen's Books Continue to Come
    Her book, The World I Live In was published.
  • The founding of Helen Keller International

    The founding of Helen Keller International
    Helen Keller and George Kessler founded Helen Keller International (HKI), which fights the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition by establishing programs based on evidence and research in vision, health and nutrition.
  • Hellen Acts in a Movie

    Hellen Acts in a Movie
    Helen Keller met Charlie Chaplin, a world-famous personality in the entertainment world. AFter talking he decided to make a movie called "Deliverence" which is a silent film that explains the life story of Hellen Keller. In the movie she acts as herself.
  • Helen joins the American Foundation for the Blind

    Helen joins the American Foundation for the Blind
    Helen conducted many tours and lectures in United States of America. She worked for improving education for the deaf, blind and mute.She traveled alongside Anne and Polly.
  • Helen Fights Back

    Helen Fights Back
    She successfully challenged Lions International, the largest fraternal organization of the world.
  • The Meet

    The Meet
    Helen met President Calvin Coolidge.
  • More Books Come

    More Books Come
    Her popular book, My Religion was published. Her another book Midstream: My Later Life at 49 was published in 1929.
  • Helen goes abroad for the first time

    Helen goes abroad for the first time
    Helen, Anne, and Polly travel abroad for the first time, visiting Scotland, Ireland and England for over six months.
  • The Breakthrough of Braille

    The Breakthrough of Braille
    Braille was accepted as the world's standard alphabet for the blind. It resulted from the great efforts by the Royal Institute for the blind in UK. Thanks to Hellen Keller this was made possible.
  • Her Japanese Adventures

    Her Japanese Adventures
    Helen Keller developed a close friendship with the Japanese people. She delivered 97 lectures in 39 cities.
  • Helen visits disabled soliers

    Helen visits disabled soliers
    Helen began her visits to the blinded, deaf, and disabled soldiers of World War II in military hospitals around the country. She called this “the crowning experience of my life.
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    The Visitng

    Helen visited 35 countries for the improvement in education of the handicapped people. The government started the schools for deaf and blind.
  • More Meet and Greets

    More Meet and Greets
    She met Winston Churchill and Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India. She was honored by the French government in the ceremony commemorating the birth of Louie Braille at Sorbonne, Paris.
  • The Shrine

    The Shrine
    Helen's birthplace, Ivy Green in Tuscumbia, Alabama was made a permanent shrine.
  • Helen Receives an Oscar Award

    Helen Receives an Oscar Award
    Helen Keller achieved an Oscar Award for the documentary movie made on her life. Her book Teacher-Anne Sullivan was published in the same year.
  • Harvard University

    Harvard University
    Helen became the first woman to receive an honorary degree from Harvard University.
  • President Eisenhower

    President Eisenhower
    She met President Eisenhower who became the first non-blind person to use the talking books during his recovery from heart attack.
  • Helen Meets Another President

    Helen Meets Another President
    Helen met President John F. Kennedy, the 10th.
  • She Earns the Biggest Award of All

    She Earns the Biggest Award of All
    She was awarded America's highest civilian award by President Lyndon Johnson.
  • Helen's hit with a Heart Attack

    Helen's hit with a Heart Attack
    Helen Keller suffered from stroke and later retired from public life.
  • Helen's Death

    Helen's Death
    Helen Keller died at the age of 88 years. 26 days before her birthday. She was buried at Washington Cathedral, Washington, D.C.