Recital to feature seldom heard 1916 Austin Organ
A members' recital on Sunday November 29th at 3:00 PM will feature the repaired Austin organ of First Presbyterian Church in New Orleans. Roy Redman has provided repairs to make the instrument playable, and work has been completed on the hurricane damage restoration of the church.
Annual dues collection
Chapter dues are due at this time. Our dues collection cycle is set in October of each calendar year.
HISTORIC PILCHER ORGAN BECOMES LATEST VICTIM OF NEGLECT
1910 Pilcher organ, Opus 708, has regrettably been lost to neglect and vandalism. What was an excellent example of the work of the Henry Pilcher's Sons firm, was abandoned-in-place in the former St. Francis De Salles Catholic Church after Hurricane Katrina damaged the building and forced closure of the parish. When the parish was officially closed in 2008, OHS members made repeated attempts to gain access in order to preserve the organ against further damage. This was to no avail however, and it has now been learned that vandals have removed the pipe work and left the remainder of the instrument as unsalvageable.
This sad and unnecessary loss to our city, gives reason to pause and reconsider whether it is in the best interest of historic instruments to allow them to remain in abandoned facilities where they are in obvious jeopardy, or whether they should be removed and stored in safe quarters to avoid just this type of loss by neglect and vandalism.
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