School for Blind History on Display at Smithsonian

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Part of Michigan School for the Blind history now is with a curator at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.

Nine wooden architectural models from the 1930s are being stored for eventual display.

Alumni from the now-closed Lansing campus contacted the national museum after hearing the models were going to be thrown out. The models were used by generations of blind children to feel and understand what certain structures might look like.

The models include a Victorian house, a monument resembling the Lincoln Memorial, the Tower of Babel, a skyscraper, and a model of Mount Vernon.

The models are two to four feet high.