American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
There's history and a big anniversary highlight this Et Cetera. The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) ó based in Louisville on Frankfort Avenue - celebrates its 150th anniversary in January 2008.
The APH was started in 1858 as a response to the need for more printed materials for the visually impaired and Louisville was selected for its central location.
The APH, which is a non-profit, is not only the oldest such printing house in the world, it is also the largest.
It was at the printing house that the largest Braille project, ever, was completed ó thatís the World Book Encyclopedia in 145 Braille volumes.
You can see those books and learn more about the Printing House at the Callahan Museum onsite.
The museum prides itself in being very hands-on Ö accommodating sighted and blind visitors. Popular stops for students include a Braille typewriter and a personal computer that vocalizes.
Along with printing educational materials, books and magazines, the APH also produces numerous talking books in their own studios.
The January's celebration isnít just about their sesquicentennial, they are also marking the birthday of Louis Braille (January 4, 1809 Ė January 6, 1852), the creator of the raised printing used today.
The public unveiling of the sesquicentennial museum exhibit and the premiere of the APH history book are on May 16, 2008. A special Open House is scheduled for September. Please check the APH website for updated information on special sesquicentennial activities and ways you can participate!
For more on the APH and the Callahan Museum, check out this Louisville Life story.
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