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Old 12-19-2006, 02:38 PM
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Default Steamboats and Pipe Organs

Because many steamboaters are also pipe organ enthusiasts I thought this would be of interest. This past Sunday (December 17th) the pipe organ in the Methodist Church at Rising Sun, Indiana was rededicated 92 years to the day of its original dedication service on December 17, 1914. The organ, built by the Louisville organbuilding firm of Henry Pilcher's Sons, was, according to documentation kept by the church, transported from Louisville to Rising Sun by riverboat, unloaded at the foot of Second Street and transported to the church upon horsedrawn wagons. The organ was assembled, voiced and, according to "The Rising Sun Recorder", dedicated in a ceremony that was said to be "the high class musical event of its time." There was standing room only in the church sanctuary as nearly everyone in town paid the 25 cent admission price, with a coupon from the newspaper. The original cost of the organ was $2,000, of which half was paid by the Andrew Carnegie Foundation.

Our firm (Miller Pipe Organ Company) removed the organ from the church on July 5th and brought it back to Louisville for rebuilding, including the casework. The only change to the instrument is the addition of a Trumpet stop. The first hymn sung with the organ in 1914 was "The Old Hundreth Psalm Tune" (Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow) and this was, again, the first congregational hymn to be sung with the organ upon its re-installation.
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