Join us for a performance of “Helen Keller: A Life Almost Lost” by award-winning historical performer Jessica Michna on Sunday, June 13 at 1:00 p.m.
This program will be held outdoors on the library grounds. Please bring your own chair if possible. (Metal folding chairs will be available.) In case of inclement weather, the event may be moved indoors to the Mercer Community Center. Please note: Depending on the latest CDC recommendations for large gatherings, if the event is moved indoors all attendees may be asked to wear masks regardless of vaccination status.
In the late nineteenth century a little girl struggled out of the depths of fear. At the age of two, Helen experienced a life threatening illness. She was plunged into a dark, silent world. For several years it seemed as though Helen’s life would never improve. Anne Sullivan, a determined young teacher, would find the key to unlock Helen’s prison. Through Anne’s diligence and perseverance, Helen would become a world renowned speaker and advocate for the disabled. This inspirational program begins in Helen’s own voice, quoting excerpts from the 1925 “Knights of the Blind” speech.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Jessica Michna developed a love of history at an early age. She and her family visited the many historic sites throughout America. Her school years would find her appearing in various productions, in addition to costume design and construction. Upon graduation several scholarships were offered to further her studies in theater arts. She would opt to earn a degree in psychology from the UW system working several years as a researcher and lecturer.
Her love of theater and history would eventually bring Jessica to found her company, “First Impressions”. Since its’ founding in the year 2000, Jessica has expanded her repertoire to include seventeen historic figures. In 2016 she was awarded the Presidential Service Center’s Distinguished Service award for her riveting portrayals of First Ladies. While she has appeared before a wide range of audiences, including appearances at the National Churchill Museum, the Lincoln Boyhood Home National Site, and Valley Forge, Jessica is particularly fond of performing for senior groups and communities. The life experiences of those in her senior audiences enhances her understanding of life stories. She often reminds her audiences that everyone has a history and encourages them to record their own life stories. “History is not a litany of which general died under which tree. It is the story and life experiences of each human life.”
For more information on this event, call the library at 715-476-2366.