At the American Printing House for the Blind, there is a museum made up of two galleries. The galleries include the “1883 Gallery” and the “Marie and Eugene Callahan Gallery”. The 1883 Gallery is made up of exhibits explaining the history of The American Printing House For The blind. The exhibits in the Callahan Gallery tell the history of the education of the blind.
Signs that are both in letters and in Braille make the exhibits accessible to all vision types. Each exhibit is accompanied with a speaker bar which recites the text on the longer exhibit display signs.
Kids will enjoy the tactile nature of the museum and will get a kick out of writing their names on a braillewriter. They will also like the idea of assembling a raised topographical map of The United States. There is also an exhibit where they can wear goggles that mimic vision disorders.
You can take a tour of the museum Monday through Saturday by appointment. You can also take a tour of the printing house factory Mondays through Thursdays from 10 to 2 p.m. Tours of the museum and facilities are free, though donations are welcome at the museum exit in the donation box. For more information call 1-800-223-1839 or (502) 895-2405.
The museum at The American Printing House for the Blind is an excellent resource because it teaches both blind individuals and the general public about the blind community and the American Printing House for the Blind. It’s also great that one of the exhibits lets people write their name on a Braillewriter. I would bet the general public would get a kick out of that. More importantly, though, the museum strives to involve kids and get them interested in learning more about the blind culture. With early education, the perpetuation of stereotypes later in life is reduced and knowledge is fostered through the younger generations who will shape tomorrow’s world.
Matilda Ziegler Magazine for the Blind