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Former General Electric Employee/Inventor Endows Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind

News Release: Louisville, Kentucky, August 10, 1999

Eugene Callahan will be honored this Wednesday at a reception in appreciation of his generous donation to the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind. His donation creates an endowment that will support the basic operation of the museum which will be renamed the Marie and Eugene Callahan Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind.

The reception will be held August 11, from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM in the museum, located on the second floor of the American Printing House for the Blind, 1839 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky.

Mr. Callahan and his wife, Marie, lived in Louisville from 1954 until 1980. During that time, he was employed at General Electric's Appliance Park where he patented seven unique inventions. The three most significant of these were the refrigerator door ice cube dispenser, the ice crusher and the water dispenser.

After retirement, Eugene and Marie (now deceased) traveled around the country before settling in Seminole, Florida. A member of the American Legion, he returns to Louisville occasionally to visit friends.

The Marie and Eugene Callahan Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind was founded in 1994. The museum explores the educational history of blind people and the role of the Printing House in this history. Artifacts include historical tactile books, maps, educational aids, mechanical writers, braille production machinery, phonographic recording equipment and players, photographs and illustrations. The exhibits are accessible to all disabilities, with audio phones, braille labels, and touchable exhibits for blind visitors. It is open to the public Monday - Friday, 8:30 - 4:30.

The American Printing House for the Blind, founded in 1858, is the oldest organization of its kind in the United States and the world's largest not-for-profit company that creates educational, workplace and life-style products and services for blind or visually impaired people.

For more information, contact: Museum Director, Carol Tobe 1-800-223-1839

(502) 895-2405, or e-mail: museum@aph.org or Roberta Williams, Public Relations Specialist at the same telephone numbers or email rwilliams @aph.org

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