Helen Keller, American author, activist, and lecturer, met her teacher, governess, and lifelong companion, the visually impaired Anne Sullivan through Alexander Graham Bell, who suggested that Keller’s parents contact the Perkins School for the Blind, then located in Boston. Michael Anaganos, the school’s director, asked Sullivan, a former student at the Perkins School, to be Keller’s teacher.
Sullivan accompanied Keller to Boston in 1888 so that the 8-year old Keller could attend the Perkins School. In 1894, student and teacher moved to New York City, only to return to Massachusetts in 1896 when Keller enrolled in the Cambridge School for Young Ladies, located at 20 Mason Street and founded by Arthur and Stella Gilman, who had previously helped found Radcliffe College. In 1900, Keller began classes at Radcliffe College and four years later graduated, earning her the distinction of becoming the first deafblind person in America to earn a Bachelor’s Degree.
The Cambridge Historical Society has created a short piece tracing the various homes where Keller and Sullivan lived during their eight-year stay in Cambridge. Read it here: http://www2.cambridgema.gov/Historic/Helen%20and%20Teacher.pdf.
For a brief history of Helen Keller, read Wikipedia’s entry on here here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Keller.