A Lifelong Friendship
Helen Keller (1880-1968)
Typescript poem with dedication to Alexander Graham Bell
Gift of the Bell Family, 1947 (123A.6)
Following in the footsteps of his father, Alexander Graham Bell devoted
much of his life as an advocate for the deaf and blind. One of Dr. Bell's most
notable students, with whom he developed a close relationship, was Helen Keller.
Bell met Keller in 1887 and
recommended that she be sent to the Perkins Institute in Watertown, Massachusetts.
At the age of thirteen, Helen Keller composed a poem for Bell, expressing her
appreciation and gratitude towards him.