APH Press Release

Piano Used by Stevie Wonder to be on Display at APH

Louisville, KY (September 24, 2012) – A 1922 Steinway Model grand piano from the Michigan School for the Blind has been loaned to the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue. It was used by students at the school, including its most famous alumnus, Stevie Wonder, who attended the school in the mid-60s. Beginning October 11, the piano will be on display with the Museum’s collection. Admission to the Museum is free. Hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guided tours that combine a visit to the factory with the museum are offered weekdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Stevie Wonder is an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, as well as a child prodigy who developed into one of the most creative musical figures of the late 20th century. Blind since shortly after birth, Wonder signed with Motown’s label at the age of eleven, and continues to perform and record for Motown to this day.

Additional exhibits of the Museum include historic tactile books, maps, and globes, and an extensive collection of mechanical braille writers. Embossed books dating from the 1860s and historic braille printing machinery document the pioneering activities of the Printing House, which was founded in 1858. APH began producing "Talking Books" in 1936 and a section of the museum is devoted to the history of APH’s recording studio and record and tape production.

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.

The American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. is located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky. For more information about the Museum call (502) 899-2365 or visit www.aph.org/museum.

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