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Saturday Events for 2019

MARY INGALLS: THE FRONTIER YEARS
Saturday, January 5, 1:00-3:00 pm

“My sister Mary is the reason I am a writer,” said Laura Ingalls Wilder, the celebrated author of the Little House books. Mary lost her sight at the age of fourteen, and Laura became her sister’s eyes, describing the world around her so her sister could “see” as well. Without her sight, Mary was expected to perform her share of the tasks in a frontier family home – housecleaning, cooking, laundry, sewing, looking after children. How did she do that? Our guest exhibitors and presenters are some of our museum friends who are blind or visually impaired. We’ll also sing along with some of Pa’s fiddle tunes, weave a beaded bracelet (the same as those Mary made for her sisters), and celebrate Mary’s birthday with a cake made from Ma’s recipe. Dressing as characters in the Little House books is encouraged. Free to the public but space is limited so registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. For all ages.

MAPPING THE HEART
February 9, 10:30 am-12:30 pm

In this workshop, guest artist Jennifer Palmer leads through an exploration of a place you hold in your heart and then helps you capture those memories in a mixed media artwork. The finished piece is a tactile map, which you can use to recreate your journey through the act of touch. The workshop is free but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. Best for adults and children age 8 and up.

BRAILLE READERS THEATER
March 15, 7-9 pm, March 16, 1-3 pm

APH’S Braille Readers Theater presents the classic tale of a terrific, radiant and humble pig named Wilbur, in Joseph Robinette’s adaptation of E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web.” The tale begins when a soft-hearted farm girl named Fern interferes with her father’s plan to turn a scrawny piglet into pork chops. As Wilbur grows and begins to cost his owners a fortune in feed, it takes the help of all his farmyard friends to save his life again, including a silly goose, a moody sheep, a selfish rat, and the miraculous talents of a very special spider named Charlotte. This classic tale of friendship, selflessness, and the circle of life will enchant audiences of all ages. Admission is free but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. For adults and children age 6 and up.

EASTER HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Saturday, April 22, 10 am–3 pm

Looking for something uniquely Louisville to show friends and relatives visiting for Easter? Bring them to APH’s one-of-a-kind museum! Visitors can write their names in braille, see a book from Helen Keller’s Bible, learn about guide dogs, play games and read books designed for children who are blind, and enjoy many other activities in our award-winning museum. The museum also has on display the first book written by Louis Braille in which he describes his new method for writing with dots. Easter treats and lemonade will be served. For all ages.

A DIFFERENT WAY OF LEARNING
Saturday, April 28, 1-3

Students who are blind or visually impaired study the same curriculum as their sighted peers in public school. How do they do that? They rely on books, educational materials, and technology specially adapted for their use – much of which would be useful in a sighted classroom as well. Many instructional aids are tactile, that is, they rely on the sense of touch for learning to take place. Others are fully experiental. How about a giant sized model of a cell a student can walk inside? Admission is free but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. Best for adults and children aged eight and up.

KIDS’ DAY
Saturday, June 2, 10:30 am-12:30 pm

Bring your younger children for an event full of entertaining games and activities that help them understand what it means to be blind. Our instructors are all museum associates who are blind or visually impaired. The event is free, but registrations are required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. Especially for kids ages 6-12.

BRAILLE FOR THE SIGHTED
Saturday, June 15, 10:30 am-12:30 pm

So do you ever stare at those dots in an elevator and wonder how they can possibly mean words? In two hours, we can have you reading simple braille and writing braille on a slate and stylus or a braillewriter. Admission is free, but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. Best for adults and children age 6 and up.

BRAILLE FOR THE SIGHTED
Saturday, July 13, 10:30 am-12:30 pm

So you ever stare at those dots in an elevator and wonder how they can possibly mean words? In two hours, we can have you reading simple braille and writing braille on a slate and stylus or a braillewriter. Admission is free, but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. Best for adults and children age 6 and up.

BARDS & STORYTELLERS: MUSICAL TREASURES FROM THE MIGEL
Saturday, July 27, 1-3 p.m.

The holdings of APH’s Migel Library include many rare and historic recordings by musicians who were blind or visually impaired, spanning the decades of the early 1900s to the present day. Our guest presenter, Justin Gardner, has curated the collection and takes us on a musical tour, stopping for stories about and songs by such standouts as Blind Tom, Moondog, Doc Watson, and Stevie Wonder. Admission is free, but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. Best for adults and older children.

BARDS & STORYTELLERS: BLIND FAITH
Saturday, August 24, 1-3 pm

Blind Faith follows David, a successful business executive, as he struggles to come to terms with the loss of his vision. In particular, it focuses on the relationship between David and his daughter Anna – how it changes, how they change, what it’s like to be a parent who is blind, and what it’s like to have a blind father. David’s journey reaches blind and visually impaired audiences with a recognizable portrayal of their own complicated reality, and it takes the sighted audience into the unknown world of the blind and the trials and choices that accompany blindness. Filmmaker Isabel Hill will be present to introduce the film and to moderate the post-film discussion. Admission is free, but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. Best for adults and older children.

TRAIN YOUR PUPPY THE GUIDE DOG WAY
Saturday, September 2, 1-3 pm

Dog guides partner with people who are blind, giving them the freedom to set their own schedules and to move confidently anywhere they choose to travel. They are also devoted and loving companions. Learn all you ever wanted to know about the amazing dogs from our panel of experts — what they do for their human partners, how they are trained, and what happens when the harness comes off. Free to the public but registration is required. Best for adults and children ages 6 and up.

HALLOWEEN MASKMAKING
Saturday, October 26, 10:30-12:30

Masks have been a part of many cultures throughout history. They are useful for hiding identities, but also for inciting fear or awe or other emotions. Sighted people tend to depend on the visual for their effects, but textures and shapes can convey emotions as well. Museum staff will guide participants of all ages and abilities as they make scary or friendly Halloween masks and headdresses using tactile materials. Admission is free but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. Best for adults and children ages 6 and up.

RADIO DAYS
Saturday, November 23, 1-3 pm

We celebrate 100 years of radio broadcasting by taking you back to a time before computers, before television, when families would gather around the radio to listen to soap operas, spine-chilling dramas, gripping mysteries, and gut-splitting comedies. The first radio broadcast occurred in 1919. One hundred years later, we bring you our own live radio broadcast, with vocals by Talking Book narrators from the APH Sound Studio and sound effects by students at the Kentucky School for the Blind.

THANKSGIVING OPEN HOUSE
Saturday, November 24, 10-3

Looking for something uniquely Louisville to show friends and relatives visiting for Thanksgiving? Bring them to APH’s one-of-a-kind museum! Visitors can write their names in braille, see a book from Helen Keller’s Bible, learn about guide dogs, play games and read books designed for children who are blind, and enjoy many other activities in our award-winning museum. The museum also has on display the first book written by Louis Braille in which he describes his new method for writing with dots. Holiday goodies and spiced cider will be served. Registration is not required. For all ages.

HOLIDAY CRAFT WORKSHOP
Saturday, December 7, 10:30 am -12:30 pm

Visit the museum to learn how people who are blind and visually impaired “see” with their fingertips. Then craft your own tactile ornament, card, or holiday decoration. Admission is free but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. Best for adults and children age 6 and up.