APH Press Release
Cave Hill Cemetery Tour to be presented by the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind
(Louisville, Kentucky, April 10, 2015) On Saturday, April 25, from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., the staff of the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind will lead a walking tour at Cave Hill Cemetery. Reservations are needed by April 18.
The tour will visit the gravesites and hear the stories of individuals who played prominent roles in the history of Kentucky School for the Blind, American Printing House for the Blind (APH). Several of them also made an impact on other facets of Louisville history.
Among them are:
- James Guthrie, the state senator, president of the L&N railroad, and president of the University of Louisville, who was a charter member of the APH Board
- Andrew Cowan, an artillery captain at the Battle of Gettysburg and Louisville leather merchant who cast the deciding vote in favor of braille at a 1910 APH board meeting and also championed the Louisville public park system
- Susan Merwin, who began her career as a secretary at the Kentucky School for the Blind in the 1890s, became the second woman in the country to be named a superintendent of a school for the blind, and who led the negotiations with Congress in 1918 to increase the APH federal subsidy.
Limited transportation from APH to Cave Hill Cemetery is included. The event is free, but reservations are required. Call 502-899-2213 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 18 to register. Best for older children and adults.
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, 1839 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky. Admission is free. Regular hours are 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday-Friday and 10:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday. Visitors can write in braille, see the first book embossed for blind readers, see a piano used by Stevie Wonder when he was a student at Michigan School for the Blind, play a computer game designed for blind students, and much more. For more information visit www.aph.org/museum.
About the American Printing House for the Blind
APH, a 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 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 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