Helen Keller’s Wrentham

Helen Keller challenged the Lions Club International to be “Knights of the Blind” back in 1925. Ever since, Lions International has proudly championed that cause.

The Wrentham Lions Club continues to follow that tradition with a knowledge that Ms. Keller had been a resident from 1904 through 1917. During that time she published The World I Live In, revealing for the first time her thoughts on her world.

This sentiment was written in a letter she wrote 74 years ago:
 “Always I look back to Wrentham as the place where I lived most serenely, where I did my work quietly, and enjoyed undisturbed the treasures of books and of nature.”

Indeed, many of her letters reflected that she cherished her time in Wrentham. We, the Wrentham Lions Club, cherish her work to help those in need. This work continues through the members of this club.

Helen Keller Speaks Out Courtesy of Helen Keller Tribute Channel

Excerpted from the American Federation of the Blind website:

1896
Captain Arthur Keller dies. Keller converts to Swedenborgianism. Keller begins to attend Cambridge School for Young Ladies, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

1897
Keller and Sullivan leave the Cambridge School for Young Ladies and live with the family of Joseph E. Chamberlin in Wrentham, Massachusetts.

1900
Keller begins her studies at Radcliffe College, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

1902
The Story of My Life appears in serialized form in The Ladies Home Journal.

1903
The Story of My Life is published in book form.

1904
Keller graduates cum laude from Radcliffe.
Keller and Sullivan move to Wrentham, Massachusetts.

1905
Anne Sullivan and John A. Macy marry.

1906
Massachusetts Commission for the Blind appoints Keller to their committee.

1908
The World I Live In is published.

1909
Keller joins the Socialist Party.

1910
The Song of the Stone Wall is published.

1913
John A. Macy leaves Anne Sullivan Macy and Keller and goes to Europe.

1914
Out of the Dark is published.
Polly Thomson moves in with Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan Macy.

1916
Keller plans to elope with Peter Fagan.

1917
Wrentham, Massachusetts house is sold and a house in Forest Hills, New York City, is purchased.

1919
Film Deliverance is produced in Hollywood.

1919-22
Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan Macy perform on the vaudeville circuit.

1921
American Foundation for the Blind is founded.
Kate Adams Keller, Helen’s mother, dies.

1924
Keller and Macy begin working at AFB.

1925
Lions Club becomes a champion for Helen Keller as “Knights of the Blind.”

Helen Keller made her last major public appearance in 1961 at a Washington, DC, Lions Clubs Meeting. At that meeting she received the Lions Humanitarian Award for her lifetime of service to humanity and for providing the inspiration for the adoption by Lions International of their sight conservation and aid to blind programs. During that visit to Washington, she also called on President Kennedy at the White House. After that White House visit, a reporter asked her how many of our presidents she had met. She replied that she did not know how many, but that she had met all of them since Grover Cleveland!