There aren’t a lot of Laura Ingalls Wilder events this time of year (and for good reason – don’t chance the weather unless you have to), but there is a Mary Ingalls event down in Kentucky. January 10th is the birthday of both Mary Ingalls and her father Charles Ingalls. The APH Museum is the historic arm of American Printing House for the Blind which creates and sells equipment to help those dealing with blindness. Both the business and the museum are located in Louisville, Kentucky. The APH Museum has hosted a party on Mary’s birthday for the past several years, skipping last year in order to host a Louis Braille birthday party instead. This year the party is back and bigger than ever.
A BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR MARY INGALLS
National Braille Literacy Month
Saturday, January 10, 2015, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
“My sister Mary is the reason I am a writer,” said Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House books. Mary lost her sight at age fourteen, and Laura became her sister’s eyes, describing the world so her sister could “see” as well. Find out about her richly rewarding life and the challenges she faced as a blind woman a hundred years ago. Sing along with some of Pa’s fiddle tunes, weave a beaded bracelet (the same as those Mary made for her sisters), and enjoy birthday cake made from Ma’s recipe. Free to the public but space is limited so registration is required. Call 899-2213 by January 9 to register. For adults and children age 5 and up.
The American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
1839 Frankfort Avenue
P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, Kentucky 40206-0085
Find the party announcement here:
Learn more about the museum here:
Although the party is held in honor of National Braille Month and, Laura was very proud when her books became available in Braille because of her sister, it is most likely that Mary actually learned and used a rival system (similarly constructed of dots) called New York Point. Laura referred to it as Braille in her writing, but by that time Braille had completely OBLITERATED New York Point (think Blu-Ray and DVD-HD) and rather than explain the difference it’s fairly likely that she used Braille in her writing as a more general term in the way, for example, you might call a facial tissue a Kleenex when it’s in fact a totally different brand.
Learn more about Mary’s time at the Blind School and scroll down to find the bit about the War of the Dots in this post:https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/vinton-and-the-mary-ingalls-society
Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.