Virtual Tour: 1919 Wurlitzer Pipe Organ
Join our virtual host Matthew for a demonstration of our 100 year old Wurlitzer Pipe Organ given by pioneer woman Debbie who has traveled through time to show us how it works. Debbie tests Matthews listening skills with the sound effect pedals, and tells us the story of how the organ was moved from the Liberty Theater to its current location at the Museum in the 1980s. Watch to find out when the Museum will be holding its next Organ Concert and Silent Film!
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The Pipe Organ was donated to the Museum by former Liberty Theater owner Dave Gellatly, under the condition it be fully restored, maintained, and played. With its 10 ranks of pipes and two keyboards, the Liberty Theater Wurlitzer Pipe Organ can reproduce the sounds of a full orchestra and a large number of special effects. In the decades since its installation, the Pipe Organ has been kept in working order thanks to the dedication of a group of volunteers working weekly to maintain this large instrument with its many moving parts, miles of wiring, and hundreds of pipes. In 2000, a player piano mechanism was donated and these volunteers were instrumental in automating the Organ for daily visitor enjoyment. Amazingly they were able to modify and install the mechanism using only the technology available in 1919 when the Organ was made!
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