The Restoration Committee is seeking funds for the Hamill pipe organ restoration.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
2 Historic TRACKER ORGANS at The Urbana Swedenborgian Church and Wedding Chapel
The Roberts Organ is a functioning pipe organ and is used to provide music for many weddings, church services, and special events.
The S.S. Hamill Tracker Organ is currently in need of restoration. We formed a Restoration Committee to raise money for restoration. Donations are very welcomed and appreciated! Please see the Make a Donation page on this website.
There is great intrinsic value in preserving an historic musical instrument like the S.S. Hamill Organ.
History of the S.S. Hamill Tracker Organ:
The tracker organ, built in 1870 by Samuel S. Hamill, was purchased from the
Money was raised in the amount of $915.92 by the “Ladies Society” of the church for the purchase. Handwritten minutes of the
Today there are only two Hamill organs still known to exist. The other was restored in
The Hamill organ, said to have an especially “sweet sound”, is therefore highly valued by organists familiar with it.
The Hamill served the congregation until the 1970's, when it deteriorated to the point that it could no longer be played.
History of the Roberts Organ:
The Roberts Organ, built in 1874, was the first organ donated by industrialist and philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie. It was given to the
This organ requires frequent repair, which is supplied locally and paid for by a fund set up by the original
It stands at the back of the sanctuary of the
Historic Organ Restoration Committee
The committee is made up of local musicians, organ enthusiasts, historians, church members and members of the local arts council . It was formed in 1994 to raise money for restoration of the Hamill organ.
Committee is seeking funds for the Hamill organ restoration.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
For information on how to make a donation, please go to the Make A Donation page.