About

A white plaster bust of Louis Braille beside a museum exhibit wall explaining the braille system

A museum on a mission. 

The Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind creates encounters with artifacts, images, and ideas that engage people with the history of literacy and learning for people who are blind or visually impaired and the role of the American Printing House for the Blind; changing their minds, attitudes, and actions.

Meet mission control.

  • Museum Director, Michael Hudson

    Micheal A. Hudson

    Museum Director

    Mike has been director of the Museum since 2005. A native of Lexington, Mike received an M.A in the history of technology from the University of Delaware in 1987. Previously he headed the collections program at the Kentucky Historical Society.

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  • AFB Helen Keller Archivist, Justin Gardner.

    Justin Gardner

    AFB Helen Keller Archivist

    Justin has worked at APH since 2011, serving as the Migel Librarian before coming to the Archive in 2020. He received both his BS in History and his Master of Library Science from Indiana University in Bloomington.

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  • Museum Educator, Katie Fraser Carpenter

    Katie Fraser Carpenter

    Museum Educator

    Katie Carpenter joined the staff in February 2009. She has a B.A. in history, an M.A in education, and an M.F.A. in creative writing. She spent ten years as a middle school teacher and has worked previously with the National Scouting Museum, Kentucky Education Television, and The Homeplace 1850 at Land Between the Lakes.

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  • Mary Beth headshot

    Mary Beth Williams

    Collections Manager

    Mary Beth earned her BA in history from Bellarmine University and a MA in Art History with a concentration in Curatorial Studies from the University of Louisville. She has been in the museum field since 2002, working at several area historic house museums, the Kentucky Historical Society, and U of L’s Archives and Special Collections. She joined the APH staff in 2021.

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