The Museum is the fulfillment of a dream by William Cameron Townsend "to help the world come to a genuine appreciation of the gift of writing systems. Most people ... never think about the tools for reading and writing. They have no concern about what life would be like without an alphabet. And they have no idea that thousands of people groups around the world still have no way to read and write their own spoken language."
Where in the world did words come from? That question is answered at the Museum of the Alphabet, an unusual but enticing collection of exhibits that trace the early origins of written communication from ancient times through the development of the Roman alphabet to our English alphabet today. You can also see a working model of the first printing press, displays on alphabets of foreign languages, and descriptions of the systems of alphabets created for the hearing- and sightimpaired.