An arts, folklore, and performance series that explores the history of blind entertainers.
An arts, folklore, and performance series that explores the history of blind entertainers. Patrick Henry Hughes started playing piano as a toddler, and also plays the trumpet and sings. He is a member of the U of L Marching Band, with help from his father (Patrick John Hughes), who tirelessly maneuvers his wheel chair through the band formations. Patrick Henry and his family achieved national fame after their appearance on ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover and today he performs all over the country. Admission is free but reservations are required. Co-sponsored by VSA-Kentucky. Call 502-899-2365 by May 21st to register. Saturday, May 23rd from 1-2:30 p.m. APH 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 computer disc formats. APH also manufactures hundreds of educational, recreational, and daily living products. The Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind is open for drop-in visitors Monday- Friday from 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Visitors may write their names in braille, see the book of Psalms from Helen Keller's Bible, play a computer game designed for children who are blind, watch the Discovery Channel video "Denver the Guide Dog," and enjoy other activities in the award-winning museum. Factory/ Museum tours are offered Monday – Thursday at 10 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Visit www.aph.org/musuem for more information. 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.