APH Press Release

Public Invited to Celebrate the Life of Hymnist Fanny Crosby

Louisville, KY (July 25, 2011) - The Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue, will host a free performance celebrating the life of hymnist Fanny Crosby on Saturday, August 13th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fanny Crosby was a nineteenth-century poet, lyricist, teacher, and advocate of social justice. Blind since infancy and well-known in her day, she is remembered today primarily for the more than 8,000 hymns she wrote using scores of pseudonyms assigned by publishers so her name wouldn't dominate the hymn books. Several of her hymns are still standards, including Blessed Assurance, To God Be the Glory, and Tell Me the Story of Jesus. The celebration on August 13th will include an audience sing-along, performances by the Generations Chorus (APH and Kentucky School for the Blind employees and friends), directed by former KSB music educator Dorothy Noland, and a reading by long-time APH narrator, Mitzi Friedlander.

This event, as part of APH’s “Bards and Storytellers” annual arts, folklore, and performance series, celebrates the historical traditions of entertainers with vision loss. It is open for all ages, but since space is limited, reservations are required by August 11. Call (502) 899-2213 or send email to kcarpenter@aph.org to register. Visit www.aph.org/museum for more information.

About the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind:

The Museum, where visitors experience hands-on history, is open Monday through Saturday. It is located on the second floor of the American Printing House for the Blind, Admission is free. Regular hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday and 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday. Visitors can write in braille, see the first book embossed for blind readers, play a computer game designed for blind students, and much more.

About APH:

The American Printing House for the Blind, a 501(c)(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 digital formats. APH also manufactures hundreds of educational, recreational, and daily living products. APH's fully-accessible website (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. One popular feature of the site is the Louis Database, a free tool to help locate accessible books available from organizations across the U.S.

The American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. is located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky. For more information, call (502) 899-2357 or log on to www.aph.org.

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