First EditionKeller, Helen. Program. “The First Public Lecture in New York City by Miss Helen Keller and Her Teacher….Anne M. Sullivan” March 30, 1913. The amazing story of Helen Keller and her teacher Anne Sullivan captivated the country in the early 20th Century and continues to inspire people to this day. Against all odds, Keller, who became blind and deaf at age 2, was able to learn to communicate and understand the world around her with the help of Anne Sullivan. This program tells the story of Keller and Sullivan, and invites people to the first public lecture the two will give in New York City.
Only after 20 years of working with Anne Sullivan was Keller able to be understood by large audiences. “She can speak now and she uses her new power to spread cheer and happiness,” the handbill advertises. Very light pencil erasure on upper right of front page and lower right of back page, creased on center and tiny separation at fold, all text is clear and legible. At the time that this description is being written, no copies are recorded in American institutions. OCLC search results are at best an estimate and can vary over time. Keller gave many speeches and lectures throughout the rest of her life, but this rare program is from her first public lecture in New York.