FUMC celebrates restoration of 1925 organ

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When musicians Aaron Garcia, Beverly Cheshire, JoAnn Hoffman and Billie Southern tickled the ivories at the First United Methodist Church organ concert on June 29, concertgoers were in for a special treat. The church was celebrating the completion of the restoration of the organ that allowed the pipes to “sing.”
 
The pipes had not sung since 2001. The church’s organ was built in 1925 by Henry Pilcher & Sons in Louisville, Ky. It was purchased by the Methodist Women’s Society and installed in 1929 for $5,500. In 2001, the organ was removed from the church while the building underwent construction. 
 
“I was contracted to take the organ apart and store it in my shop,” said Russell Franklin of Franklin Pipe Organs in Inez. Franklin said he’s worked with the church tuning its organ since 1987.
 
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