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APH Hosts Free Walking Tour of Clifton Neighborhood

Louisville, KY (February 15, 2011) – The American Printing House for the Blind (APH), located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue, will host a free walking tour of the Clifton neighborhood on Saturday, March 12th from 10:00 a.m. until noon. Participants will start at the historic 1883 building of the American Printing House for the Blind (buried inside the current structure). On the two-hour tour, they will find evidence of the evolution of the area from a sparsely populated rural community in 1820 to a densely settled urban Louisville neighborhood. Stops include the Louisville-Shelbyville Turnpike, the Three Mile Tollhouse, Widman’s Saloon and Grocery, and the firehouse for Hook & Ladder Company #3—all still standing today, but known by other names.

This event is free to the public, but registration is required. Please call (502) 899-2213, e-mail, by March 10 to register, or visit 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, 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, play a computer game designed for blind students, and much more. More information at or call (502) 895-2405, ext. 365, weekdays.

About the American Printing House for the Blind:

The American Printing House for the Blind, a 501©(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 ( 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. APH products can be ordered through Louis.

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