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Frankfort Fourth Graders Donate Funds from Service Project to Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind

June 15, 2009

Louisville, Ky–The Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) received some much-needed financial support from an unexpected source in late May. The fourth grade class of Ms. Ellee Harp at Capital Day School in Frankfort, Kentucky visited APH for a tour and to deliver a cash donation of $112, which they designated to help fund the Museum’s annual arts, folklore and performance series, "Bards and Storytellers". Ms. Harp learned about APH at the Kentucky Folklife Festival in 2007, when several APH employees made presentations to inform visitors about the culture of the blind community. This made a lasting impression on her. Ms. Harp’s class voted to devote their annual service project to support the educational programs at APH’s Museum. The funds were used to assist with travel costs for Florida storyteller Jag Einhorn when he came to Louisville for a free performance at the Museum on Saturday, June 20th.

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About "Bards and Storytellers":

"Bards and Storytellers" is an ongoing series of presentations by entertainers who are blind. Historically, being an entertainer was one of the few routes to independence for a visually impaired person. This series presents contemporary performers who have chosen to follow this path, even though, today, because of better educational opportunities and a shifting of societal attitudes, their employment possibilities are considerably greater.

About APH and the Museum:

The American Printing House for the Blind, a 501©(3) non-profit organization, is the world’s largest company devoted solely to researching, developing, and manufacturing products for people who are blind or visually impaired. Founded in 1858, it is the oldest organization of its kind in the United States. Under the 1879 federal Act to Promote the Education of the Blind, APH is the official supplier of educational materials for visually impaired students in the U.S. who are working at less than college level.

APH manufactures textbooks and magazines in braille, large print, recorded, and computer disc formats. APH also manufactures hundreds of educational, recreational, and daily living products. APH’s fully-accessible web site (www.aph.org) features information about APH products and services, online ordering of products, and free information on a wide variety of blindness-related topics.

The Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind opened in 1994. It offers museum visitors an experience in hands-on history. They can write in braille, see the first book embossed for blind readers, play a computer game designed for blind students, and much more. Artifacts, photographs, and electronic displays show the development of braille, the history of Talking Books, and other topics. Displays are accessible. Individuals or small groups (fewer than 10) may take a self-guided tour of the museum between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM. Mon. through Fri. or from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM on Sat. Programs are listed at www.aph.org/museum

The American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. is located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky. For more information, call (502) 895-2405 or log on to www.aph.org.

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