August 18, 2003 |
On the 100th anniversary of its publication, Helen Keller's "The Story of My Life" would appear to be the book that has everything: a university tribute, a New Yorker article and a deluxe Web edition, scheduled to go online this fall. In honor of the big event, two handsome new "restored" print editions, each at least 400 pages long, are on bookstore shelves. And yet something is missing as Keller's most famous book embarks on its second century.
May 4, 2003 |
The Story of My Life The Restored Classic 1903-2003 Helen Keller With supplementary accounts by Anne Sullivan, her teacher, and John Macy Edited by Roger Shattuck with Dorothy Hermann W.W. Norton: 352 pp., $24.95 * Mark Twain, certainly not one to indulge in sugary sentiment, declared that the two most interesting characters of the 19th century were Napoleon Bonaparte and Helen Keller.
March 25, 2003 |
The first U.S. circulating coin with Braille markings was unveiled -- a quarter honoring Helen Keller, a pioneer for the rights of the disabled who overcame blindness and deafness. The coin includes a picture of Keller, who died in 1968, with her name in text and Braille, the writing system for the blind.
October 8, 2002 |
Helen Keller beat out a moon rocket, a Cherokee chief and other symbols for a spot on the state quarter. It will be the first U.S. coin in circulation to include Braille. The design unveiled by Gov. Donald Siegelman includes an image of Keller, an Alabama native who overcame blindness and deafness to become a writer and educator, reading a book in Braille. Including the slogan "Spirit of Courage," the quarter is intended to draw attention to education. The U.S.
May 19, 2002 |
The focal point of the Helen Keller Festival, June 27 to 30, will be Ivy Green, Keller's home in Tuscumbia, Ala. To honor the remarkable woman who was blind and deaf, there will be an antique car show, a parade, an arts and crafts show, concerts and a puppet show. Festival-goers can tour the home and visit the pump where Keller learned her first word. For information, contact Colbert County Tourism, P.O. Box 740425, Tuscumbia, AL 35674; (800) 344-0783, www.helenkellerfestival.com.
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March 30, 2001 |
Each of the leading actors in the Pierce College Theatre Department's presentation of "The Miracle Worker" this weekend brings something special to his role, including the golden retriever who plays Belle, the dog of the young heroine Helen Keller. Belle will be played by a trained seeing eye dog whose real name is Sierra.