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Unsolved Mysteries in Historical Research

You know those history research shows that trace your family’s history? I love shows like that, and they’re a great...

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What Do You Want to Know About Helen?

I have received some very interesting research questions about Helen Keller during my first year as Archivist in the AFB...

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An Amazing Discovery: Laura Bridgman

While working my way through a series in the American Foundation for the Blind collection called “Education, Rehab, and Welfare,”...

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Series 3: Unprocessed

When the AFB Helen Keller Archive arrived at APH, we found a few boxes labeled “Series 3: Unprocessed.” These unprocessed...

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A Lot of Dots

Photos above from Museum Archives: Hall braillewriter 1892; APH employees typing braille printing plates with stereograph machines, c. 1945; detail...

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A Barrel of Documents

My journey of discovery started when I found two folders in the American Foundation for the Blind Archive folders, both...

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How the Helen Keller Archive Began

When I started working in the AFB (American Foundation for the Blind) Helen Keller Archive at APH in October of...

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The Chair Went Out the Window

Museum objects and their stories are codependent. The artifact is the real deal. After all, it was there when history...

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Helen Likes Beer

“Helen,” she said superfluously, “does like beer.” That about sums up Helen Keller… That’s not what people expected to read...

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The Teacher as North Star

May is Teacher Appreciation Month in the U.S., but here in the museum at the American Printing House for the...

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Mapheads

I’ve been a maphead all my life. When I was a kid, I drew maps in crayon of the various...

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