ANNUAL MEETING FEATURES HELEN KELLER
Annual Meeting May 7th Features Helen Keller
The annual meeting of the SCHS will be held Saturday, May 7 at 1:00 in the upstairs meeting room of the museum. Following a brief business meeting, Jessica Michna will present her impersonation of Helen Keller. Back by popular demand, Michna, is remembered for her vibrant portrayal of Eleanor Roosevelt at last year's annual meeting.
Helen Keller a Remarkable Woman
Helen Adams Keller was born a healthy child on June 27, 1880, to Captain Arthur H. and Kate Adams Keller of Tuscumbia, Alabama. At the tender age of 19 months, she was stricken with a severe illness which left her blind and deaf. By age 10, Helen had mastered Braille as well as the manual alphabet and even learned to use the typewriter. By the time she was 16, Helen could speak well enough to go to preparatory school and to college. In 1904 she graduated "cum laude" from Radcliffe College. Her teacher, Anne Sullivan, stayed with her through those years, interpreting lectures and class discussions to her. Helen Keller, the little girl, became one of history's remarkable women. She dedicated her life to improving the conditions of the blind and the deaf-blind around the world, lecturing in more than 25 countries on the five major continents.
A Professional Actor
Jessica Michna has become widely known for her riveting portrayals of First Ladies and other historic women as well as her fictitious characters. She has entertained groups throughout America including guests from as far away as New Zealand, Japan and Brazil. Audiences ranging from young children to senior citizens have been equally enthralled. She has appeared before historical societies, schools, libraries, living history museums, senior centers, churches, and has been guest hostess at parties and weddings.
Mrs. Michna’s performances are compelling and emotionally enthralling. Audiences laugh along with her humorous anecdotes. They share in her tears as she relates how the horrors of war have impacted families. She has a powerful effect on an audience. Once they have seen one of her characters they can't wait to see the next one.
Back by popular demand, this is Jessica's third appearance in Seymour. Her portrayals of Mary Todd Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt were exceptional. Be prepared for another outstanding program. Her performance is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.