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Thomas Appleton (1840)

Location:

Holy Cross College
1 College Street
Worcester, MA 01610 US
Brooks Concert Hall
Organ ID: 11051

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Colleges and Universities
  • The organ has been restored to a previous state.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Information unknown or not applicable
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We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on May 07, 2018: We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Database Manager on June 12, 2012:

Updated through online information from Eric Culver. -- Gift from John and Linda Shortridge; John formerly the Curator of Musical Instruments at the Smithsonian Institution, where he started the restoration program and period instrument performance series.

Originally commissioned for the Perkins School for the Blind (the alma mater of Helen Keller), it was installed there in January of 1840. At the time the organ was being planned, the renowned composer-organist, Lowell Mason, was professor of organ at the Perkins School. In 1865, the Hook brothers built a new and larger organ for Perkins and accepted the Appleton organ in trade. They soon moved it to the Baptist Church of Bidderford, Maine. John and Linda Shortridge purchased the instrument from the Bidderford Church in 1979 and restored it in an historically informed manner.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on February 02, 2006:

Updated through online information from Lisa Lucius. -- This organ came from Yarmouth, ME St. Bartholomews Church. See database entry #8868.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Where is this located at the college. Where did it come from?

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

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