February 28, 2019

Helen Keller and Mayo Clinic

By Neath Folger

New exhibit during Women's History Month

Helen Keller & Mayo Clinic 

March 4 - 29, 2019
Hage Atrium, Siebens Building subway level

Helen Keller (1880-1968) lost her sight and hearing at the age of 19 months from a medical condition that remains undiagnosed to this day.

She became the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and was an accomplished author and public speaker, inspiring people throughout the world with her powerful message of optimism and the dignity of every person.

For more than 30 years, Helen Keller was a loyal patient of Mayo Clinic who enjoyed warm friendship with her caregivers and members of the community. This exhibit presents a multidimensional view of Helen Keller’s unique relationship with Mayo including photos, letters and artifacts that connect her story with the values and mission of Mayo Clinic.

"The Mayo Clinic stands before us as a symbol of good that never perishes."
- Helen Keller

Helen Keller & Mayo Clinic is sponsored by:

  • Mayo Clinic Dolores Jean Lavins Center for Humanities in Medicine
  • W. Bruce Fye Center for the History of Medicine
  • Mayo Clinic Heritage Days with generous support from John T. and Lillian G. Mathews

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