* photo credit to the American Printing House for the Blind
Tonight at a special invitation-only event, the American Printing House for the Blind will unveil a special addition to their Museum, a copy of a rare book published by Louis Braille in France in 1829. One of only six known copies in the world and the only one to be displayed publicly, the book is written in original Braille code. The book title in English is “Writing Words, Music, and Plainsong on Dots”. The book is valued at $95,000 and was purchased after a fundraising campaign received donations from around the country.
The newly acquired Braille book can be viewed starting February 12 during regular museum hours. The museum and faculty tours are available free to the public. Tours of the facility include the production of Braille publications and educational tools as well as the recording of talking books.
The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) has been a Louisville institution for over 150 years. Located on Frankfort Avenue and State Street, next to the Kentucky School for the Blind, APH is a staple of the Clifton neighborhood, but many barely notice the large brick building, let along realize it is the home of a fascinating museum that houses Stevie Wonder’s piano, among other things.
The American Printing House for the Blind is located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, Ky
Museum hours are Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30 and Saturday 10-3
Tours are Monday-Thursday at 10 and 2
More information at www.aph.org/museum or call (502) 895-2405, ext. 365, weekdays.