Twain & Keller > Easton and Redding, Connecticut's Special Connection
Curated by Brent M. Colley, Heather Morgan and Lisa Burghardt

"He entered into my limited world with enthusiasm just as he might have explored Mars. Blindness was an adventure that kindled his curiosity. He treated me not as a freak, but as a handicapped woman seeking a way to circumvent extraordinary difficulties. There was something of divine apprehension in this rare naturalness towards those who differ from others in external circumstances."

-Helen Keller on meeting Mark Twain

Their paths crossed at pivotal points in both their lives: A series of failed business ventures had pushed Twain into bankruptcy and Keller was being pressured to decide whether she should continue with her studies or devote herself to the cause of the deaf and blind. In a roundabout way, it was Henry H. Rogers who championed for both of them, corrected their situations and fortified a friendship that would continue until Twain's passing and beyond.

This exhibit is a celebration of their friendship and the interesting parallels between these world-renowned individuals who just happened to select Easton and Redding, Connecticut as their final residences.

Helen Keller's arrival at Stormfield (Twain's Redding Home) on January 9, 1909.


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Mark Twain and Helen Keller's Relationship will be showcased at
Mark Twain Library
439 Redding Road, Redding, Connecticut
Curated by Brent M. Colley, Heather Morgan and Lisa Burghardt

This exhibit has been made possible by donations to the History of Redding website and the generous
assistance of Helen Selsdon, archivist at the American Foundation of the Blind in New York City.
Donations to AFB can be made online.