LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A local institution that came before the Louisville Slugger bat or the first bottling of bourbon is celebrating a big anniversary.

The American Printing House for the Blind was founded in Louisville 160 years ago. It started with the mission to provide educational materials and services for the blind and visually impaired. That includes materials like books and restaurant menus in braille, and audio recordings -- but it's expanded its services with the changing technology and now creates things like apps to help give people access to their community without relying on others.

"We have a couple of travel apps that allow folks to allow people to get through airports or any building that has been set up independently," said Craig Meador, president of the organization.

Tuesday's celebration included an open house.

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