Child in a Strange Country: Helen Keller and the History of Educating the Blind and Visually Impaired

Child in a Strange Country Poster_roughdraftDesigned as an accessible traveling exhibit by the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind, Child in a Strange Country uses the remarkable life of Helen Keller and the challenges she faced in her learning efforts to explore the history of education for the blind and visually impaired.

Tracing a line from tactile printing to Louis Braille’s dot code to Anne Sullivan’s “miracle” in linking the semiotic to the tangible, this exhibit offers an incredible survey of an often-overlooked portion of educational history.

Using both tactile, educational tools (reproductions and artifacts) and written histories (including Braille), Child in a Strange Country offers a fine, educational complement to our FMVA Constraint Show, Touchable, that will leave visitors with a new appreciation and understanding of Keller’s life and the role of the senses in knowledge, language, and education.

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