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March 31st, 2016

Communication from Your Historical Society

Because of increasing production costs and mailing expense, the Seymour History Bulletin has become a twice-yearly publication. Unless the society has your e-mail address, you will receive a printed copy in the spring and fall. The purpose of the newsletter is to keep all our members informed of activities taking place at the museum, additional society news, and to look back at Seymour area history. If you are not receiving an electronic copy and have an e-mail address, please send your e-mail address to and your color copy will arrive via the Internet.

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.
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