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Anne Sullivan’s Massachusetts, 1870-1920: Disability, Poverty, Economic Independence, and Advocacy

November 2 @ 12:15 pm1:00 pm
| Cost: $4 | Cost for Members: $2

What 19th-century safety nets existed for the children of indigent, immigrant, illiterate men like Annie Sullivan’s father? How did Sullivan get her education? How did notions of dignity, independence, and disability influence those opportunities? Tracing Anne’s journey to the Perkins School for the Blind, then following how her work with Helen Keller, reveals how — between 1870 and 1920 — Americans dramatically changed their definition of the public good and the obligations and responsibilities of citizens to the community at large. Aspects of these definitions, from each period, persist to the present.

Presented by Laurie Block, Director, Disability History Museum, Project Director, Becoming Helen Keller

The audience is invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program.
Free coffee available. Cookies provided courtesy of Big Y.

Museums a la Carte is sponsored by Health New England

Photo courtesy American Foundation for the Blind.

 

Details

Date:
November 2
Time:
12:15 pm–1:00 pm

Venue

Springfield Museums
21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103 United States

Organizer

Name:
Lectures & Adult Programs
Phone:
413-314-6488
Email:

Cost

Cost:
$4
Cost for Members:
$2