On January 11, 1926, Helen Keller visited the White House. She also had a photo-op with First Lady Grace Coolidge. Interacting with a person in the deaf community was nothing new for the First Lady. In 1904 – before her marriage to the future president Calvin Coolidge – Grace began her teaching training course at the Clarke Institute for the Deaf in Northampton, Massachusetts. Through this experience, she worked as a teacher to the primary-school level deaf children as well as some students at the intermediate level. According to the National First Ladies’ Library, “Even though she ceased her active teaching once she was married, Grace Coolidge maintained a lifelong interest in the evolving training of deaf children and support of the Institute.”
Here is some silent newsreel footage of Helen Keller and First Lady Grace Coolidge interacting before the media.