Helen Keller and Brewster Cape Cod in the news. From the AP newsroom. The story continues to fascinate and the connection to Brewster which is, IMHO, the nicest town on Cape Cod is wonderful to contemplate.
My brother in Montana used this photo to start a history search of Sea Captain's from Brewster and found a great source of information . He asks which of the Sea Captain's originally built the building which is now Brewster By The Sea Inn and Spa? The answer is Nathan Foster, who married Polly Dillingham. Both of these families have long histories on the Cape. We keep a short history in the rooms of what we have discovered to date. Nathan registered as a sea captain at some point in his life, but the location of the building suggests, at the very least, a not prosperous sea captain. At this time I do not know if he had children or if and how he is related to the foster shown in the cape cod history link above. We can still tease our guests that they are sleeping in a sea captain's house.
A short excerpt from the AP story is below.
1888 Photo Depicts Helen Keller, Teacher
By MELISSA TRUJILLO – 19 hours ago
BOSTON (AP) — Researchers have uncovered a rare photograph of a young Helen Keller with her teacher Anne Sullivan, nearly 120 years after it was taken on Cape Cod and tucked inside a family album.
The photograph, shot in July 1888 in Brewster, shows an 8-year-old Helen sitting outside in a light-colored dress, holding Sullivan's hand and cradling one of her beloved dolls.
Experts on Keller's life believe it could be the earliest photo of the two women together and the only one showing the blind and deaf child with a doll — the first word Sullivan spelled for Keller after they met in 1887 — according to the New England Historic Genealogical Society, which now has the photo.