Saturday, January 28, 2012
Pennies for Pipes
Children of First Congregational Church will be presented with penny boxes; even boys and girls can help contribute sacrificial offerings to the organ fund.
Penny contributions were instrumental in the purchase of the large rose window at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral in Toledo, Ohio. The window depicts scenes from the life of Mary, and was financed through the donation of pennies by children throughout the diocese. Skinner Op. 820 is located at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral.
Cents also helped build the monumental municipal organ in St. Paul, Minnesota.
“One of the most noteworthy municipal auditorium organs built by the Skinner firm was the four-manual, eighty-four stop instrument installed in the Municipal Auditorium, St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1921. The St. Paul Auditorium Skinner was ‘bought by the public through subscriptions … [and] pennies donated by school kids and the like.’ The entire cost of the instrument was raised in an Organ Fund Campaign lasting from New Year’s Day, 1920, to 10 March of that same year, culmination in the signing of the $62,000 contract by Ernest Skinner, who personally ‘visited St. Paul to look over the Auditorium in which the organ [was] to be placed.’” [Holden, The Life and Work of Ernest M. Skinner, p. 81]