Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Organ Donations Needed

Organ Donors, We Need Your Help

   The help of the members of the GHS is needed to restore the historic organ which had been an integral part of the Clyde Baptist Church (now the Brick Church Museum) for over 80 years.  The organ was manufactured in 1873 by the Wilcox & White Organ Company of Meridian, Connecticut. The organ was obtained by Wayne Morrison when the Baptist Church was dissolved in 1955.  It was last played at Wayne and Pat’s wedding in 1967.  A year ago it was returned to  its original home, having been donated to the GHS by Pat Morrison.  The GHS board of directors has contracted to have the organ restored to playing condition, so that it once again can fill the building with music. It will be transported to Parson’s Pipe Organ Builders in Canandaigua this month to begin repairs. The restoration will cost nearly $5000.     
    An initial appeal for donations was made in the January Blockhouse Bulletin, with response from six members, for which we are very thankful.  To date, a total of $312 has been received.
    It is not too late for other members still wishing to make donations for this project to do so.  Any and all, large or small, donations especially designated for the organ restoration will be much appreciated. Donors’ names will be engraved for posterity on a plaque mounted conspicuously beside the organ.
    If you can help, please send donations to: Galen Historical Society, P.O. Box 43, Clyde, NY 14433.  

Article written for the April 2014 Blockhouse Bulletin by Jim Darnell and used in this blog with his permission.