Happy Birthday, Mary Ingalls! Celebrate at the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind

Print
Happy Birthday, Mary Ingalls! Celebrate at the Museum of the American Printing H

When I was eight years old, I found out at my yearly optometrist appointment that I would need to start wearing glasses full-time. I immediately burst into hysterical crying and after my parents calmed me down, I told them that I just knew I was going blind, just like Mary Ingalls did on one of my favorite television shows, “Little House on the Prairie.”  (Spoiler: I was not going blind, as instead of suffering from scarlet fever in my youth I suffered from a raging case of melodrama.)

However, the point is, who wasn’t touched by the story of Mary Ingalls going blind?

Mary Ingalls, older sister of famed author Laura Ingalls Wilder, has a birthday this week, January 10. As January is National Braille Literacy Month, the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind will be hosting a birthday party for Mary Ingalls this Saturday, January 12, from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Mary Ingalls, who lost her sight at the age of 14, received a college education at a time when it was rare for a woman to attend college and as an adult could read braille, Moon type, New York Point, and raised print and she owned a large library, with many of those books published by the American Printing House for the Blind. Many people do not realize that like her sister, Mary Ingalls was a writer and published several poems and essays.

The Museum has a temporary exhibit on Mary’s early frontier life as well as her life after going blind, with books and learning aides she might have used as a student at the Iowa College for the Blind. The celebration also will include a performance of Pa Ingalls’ fiddle tunes, readings of Mary’s poetry and sing-a-long of songs the Ingalls’ family sang, crafts taken from some of Laura’s books and even a birthday cake made from a 19th century recipe.

Admission to this birthday celebration is free but since space is limited, reservations must be made by January 10. To reserve a spot, call (502) 899-2213 or send an e-mail to kcarpenter@aph.org.

For more information, visit http://www.aph.org/museum/.

Photo courtesy of the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind.

Like us on Facebook!
Subscribe to our RSS Feed!
Follow us on Twitter!
Add us to your circles on Google+!
Follow us on Pinterest!
Follow us on Tumblr!

Search Louisville Events

More Events | Post an Event | Event Map
wed
23
thu
24
fri
25
sat
26
sun
27
mon
28
tue
29

Search Louisville Restaurants

Louisville Independent Business Alliance

 

Copyright © 2014 Louisville.com, All Rights Reserved
137 W. Muhammad Ali Boulevard, Suite 102, Louisville, KY 40202
502-625-0100
Mobile Site