Monday, April 25, 2011
Organ Historical Society to Visit First Congregational Church
The Michigan Chapter of the Organ Historical Society will visit First Congregational Church, 403 South Jefferson Street, on Saturday, May 21, at 10:00 a.m., with the purpose of touring the congregation’s two historic pipe organs. Members of the public are invited to take part in this open house event. First Congregational Church’s sanctuary boasts a three-manual, seventy rank organ, built by the Ernest M. Skinner Company of Boston (1930) and enlarged by John F. Shawhan (1965) and Scott Wheeler (1975). This instrument contains historic pipes from Skinner Op. 751 and other additions by Casavant Frères Ltée Op. 2809, and is in urgent need of restoration. The chapel houses an unaltered two-manual, nine rank pipe organ, built by the Aeolian-Skinner Organ Company, Inc. (Opus 1327). The Organ Historical Society is an international organization that seeks members from all levels of interest in the organ. The Society promotes a widespread musical and historical interest in American organbuilding through collection, preservation, and publication of historical information, and through recordings and public concerts. The Organ Historical Society is dedicated to documenting and preserving historic pipe organs and to raising public awareness and appreciation of America's organ heritage.