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Venango Museum of Art, Science and Industry
270 Seneca Street
Oil City, Pennsylvania 16301

OHS Database ID 60427.

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Status and Condition

The organ has been renovated and is no longer in its original state.
The organ is in good condition and is used occasionally.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition August 7, 2017.

Technical Details

Wurlitzer EP chests .

Three manuals. 8 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.


  • Information from The WurliTzer Pipe Organ – An Illustrated History by David L. Junchen (comp. & ed. Jeff Weiler). The American Theatre Organ Society, 2005.
    Wurlitzer "Style 200 3m"
    Factory date: February 2, 1929 (Steven E. Lawson. August 3, 2017)
  • Built for Latonia Theatre, Oil City, Pennsylvania. At an unknown time, sold to George Shaw, a philanthropist of Franklin, Pennsylvania, who stored the organ at his residence. In 1988, Mr. Shaw donated the organ to the Venango Museum of Art, Science, and Industry, in Oil City, Pennsylvania. (Steven E. Lawson. Unknown)
  • Volunteers replaced all of the internal parts of the windchests, regulators, wind work, etc., working in the basement of the museum. The organ was then installed in a single chamber on the main floor of the museum; the percussions and special effects are outside of the chamber. Refurbishing of the pipework, renovation of the console, and setup of the Artisan control system was performed under the direction of Dennis Unks of Organ Supply Industries of Erie, Pennsylvania. Robert Fischer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, directed the tonal finishing. (Steven E. Lawson. August 7, 2017)
  • The organ was completed by 1997 and debuted by a local player: 16-year-old Taylor (Cameron) Carpenter. (Steven E. Lawson. August 7, 2017)

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Side view of console. Photograph by Dennis James 2017-08-05

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  • Typed specification. Source: From and Dennis James

  • Oil City, Pennsylvania
    Venango Museum of Art, Science and Industry
    The Rudolph Wurlitzer Co.   Opus 2003   1929
    Originally in Latonia Theatre, Oil City, Pennsylvania
    Installed by volunteers in Venango Museum from 1989-1997
    Wurlitzer "Style 200 3m"   3 manuals, 8 ranks
    Note: Due to space limitations, this installation is in one chamber instead of the
    original two (Main and Solo). Original chambers are indicated below.
                          16' Diaphonic Diapason  85 pipes  (Main)
                          16' Bourdon/Flute       97 pipes  (Main)
                           8' Violin              73 pipes  (Main)
                           8' Violin Celeste      73 pipes  (Main)
                              Chrysoglott         49 notes  (Main)
                          16' Tuba Horn           85 pipes  (Solo)
                           8' Tibia Clausa        85 pipes  (Solo)
                           8' Kinura              61 pipes  (Solo)
                           8' Vox Humana          61 pipes  (Solo)
                              Cathedral Chimes    25 notes  (Solo)
                              Xylophone           37 notes  (Solo)
                              Glockenspiel        37 notes  (Solo)
                              Sleigh Bells        25 notes  (Solo)
                              Bass Drum                     (Solo)
                              Kettle Drum                   (Solo)
                              Crash Cymbal                  (Solo)
                              Cymbal                        (Solo)
                              Triangle                      (Solo)
             PEDAL                                    GREAT
         16' Ophicleide                           16' Ophicleide
         16' Diaphone                             16' Diaphone
         16' Bourdon                              16' Contra Viol (Ten C)
          8' Tuba Horn                            16' Bourdon
          8' Diaphonic Diapason                   16' Vox Humana (Ten C)
          8' Tibia Clausa                          8' Tuba Horn
          8' Cello                                 8' Diaphonic Diapason
          8' Flute                                 8' Tibia Clausa
          4' Octave                                8' Kinura
             Bass Drum                             8' Violin
             Kettle Drum                           8' Violin Celeste
             Crash Cymbal                          8' Flute
             Cymbal                                8' Vox Humana
             1st & 2nd Touch Traps switch          4' Octave
                                                   4' Piccolo
             ACCOMPANIMENT                         4' Viol
         16' Contra Viol (Ten C)                   4' Octave Celeste
         16' Bourdon                               4' Flute
         16' Vox Humana (Ten C)                2 2/3' Twelfth (Tibia)
          8' Tuba                              2 2/3' Twelfth
          8' Diaphonic Diapason                    2' Piccolo (Tibia)
          8' Tibia Clausa                          2' Fifteenth
          8' Kinura                                2' Piccolo
          8' Violin                            1 3/5' Tierce
          8' Violin Celeste                           Cathedral Chimes
          8' Flute                                    Sleigh Bells
          8' Vox Humana                               Xylophone
          4' Octave                                   Glockenspiel
          4' Piccolo                                  Chrysoglott
          4' Viol
          4' Octave Celeste                           GREAT SECOND TOUCH
          4' Flute                                16' Ophicleide
          4' Vox Humana                            8' Tibia Clausa
      2 2/3' Twelfth                               8' Tuba Horn
          2' Piccolo
             Chrysoglott                              SOLO 
             Snare Drum                           16' Diaphone 
             Tambourine                           16' Contra Viol (Ten C)
             Castanets                             8' Tuba Horn
             Chinese Block                         8' Diaphonic Diapason
             Tom Tom                               8' Tibia Clausa
                                                   8' Kinura
             ACCOMPANIMENT SECOND TOUCH            8' Violin
          8' Tuba Horn                             8' Violin Celeste
          8' Diaphonic Diapason                    4' Octave
          8' Tibia Clausa                          4' Piccolo
             Cathedral Chimes                      2' Piccolo (Tibia)
             Xylophone                                Cathedral Chimes
             Triangle                                 Xylophone
             EFFECTS (by Toe Pistons)                 TREMULANTS
             Klaxon                                   Main
             Fire Gong                                Tibia Clausa
             Steamboat Whistle                        Tuba
             Horses Hooves                            Vox Humana
             Surf                                     Solo
             Door Bell (by push button)               ADJUSTABLE COMBINATIONS
                                                      Pedal           3 toe studs
             GENERAL                                  Accompaniment  10 pistons
             Two Expression Pedals                    Great          10 pistons
             1 double-touch Sforzando Pedal           Solo            5 pistons
             - 1st Touch: Snare Drum
             - 2nd Touch: Bass Drum                   RELAY SYSTEM by Artisan
             1 double-touch Sforzando Pedal           3 memory levels
             - 1st Touch: Kettle Drum                 Record/Playback
             - 2nd Touch: Cymbal                      Transposer
             5 H.P. Spencer Orgoblo
             18" wind pressure (static)
             10" at chests
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2017-08-07]
  • Typed specification. Source: From and Dennis James Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.