Helen visited the World's Fair in Chicago, Illinois in the summer of 1893. At the fair, Helen's dear friend Alexander Graham Bell served as a guide to her and Ms. Sullivan. Alexander Graham Bell was already a well-known inventor.
Despite being deaf and blind, Helen felt a sense of wonder in being at the fair. Helen was full of joy as the "marvels of invention, treasures of industry and skill and all the activities of human life actually passed under [her] finger tips." Scenes from places around the world could be found at the Midway Plaisance, which Helen enjoyed. Scenes from Venice, Cairo, and India were there. There was even a recreation of a Viking ship. There was also a model of the Columbus ship, the Santa Maria.
The President of the World's Fair, a man named Mr. Higinbotham, allowed Helen "to touch the exhibits." This let Helen experience the fair in her own way. Alexander Graham Bell communicated information to Helen about the fair and described what surrounded her. It was in the "electrical building [that they] examined the telephones, autophones, phonographs, and other inventions," which fascinated Helen. He explained to her how those new inventions worked.
Helen was at the fair for three weeks. She loved all the things she was able to discover there.