Papers about the dedication of the Helen Keller Garden, 1954
Materials about the dedication of the Helen Keller Garden at Radcliffe College, 1954, including printed copies of digital reproductions of photographs of Helen Keller, a Harvard Crimson article documenting the dedication, and a reminiscence of the day (by Barbara Healey Killian, Radcliffe College Class of 1953).
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Materials in English.
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The papers about the dedication of the Helen Keller Garden contain printed copies of digital reproductions of two photographs of Keller at the June 1954 dedication at Radcliffe College. It also includes a Harvard Crimson article documenting the dedication, as well as a reminiscence of the day by Barbara Healey Killian, Radcliffe College Class of 1953, as told to her daughter, Kathryn Killian.
At the age of nineteen months, due to an attack of scarlet fever, Helen Keller lost her senses of sight and hearing. Keller's parents requested that a teacher from the Perkins Institution in Boston, Massachusetts, be sent to instruct the child soon thereafter. Anne M. Sullivan was sent to Helen's home in Tuscumbia, Alabama, to train her according to the methods of Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe. In 1900, Keller entered Radcliffe College and graduated cum laude in 1904. After her college education, Keller began working extensively in causes for people who are blind in the United States and internationally. She made many tours and held fund-raising benefits for the American Foundation for the Blind. During and after World War II she focused her efforts on aiding veterans, orphans, and refugees. In 1954, Radcliffe College dedicated a garden in honor of Keller at her fiftieth reunion. Keller was guest of honor and spoke at the Alumnae Day Luncheon.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Accession number: 2015-M123
The papers about the dedication of the Helen Keller Garden were given to the library by Karen Serieka Killian in 2015.
Processed: August 2015
By: Johanna Carll
Updated with additional description: June 2020
By: Paula Aloisio
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