Updated by Timothy E. Conyers, who has heard or played the organ.
Updated through online information from Timothy E. Conyers. -- The following article appeared in the: WESTERN WAYNE NEWS August 29, 2012 Page 16, column 3 Volume 21, No. 51 Published at Cambridge City, Wayne County, Indiana.
ZION'S YEARS NUMBER 190 Zion's Lutheran congregation at East Germantown will be celebrating its 190th year on Sunday, November 4. Former pastors and members are invited to return for the 10:30 worship and the fellowship dinner at 12:30 followed by a 2 p.m. program called "Celebrating the Years." Chair persons have been named for the task forces... [omitted here for privacy of the individuals named.] The Bishop of the Indiana-Kentucky Synod is expected to attend. Zion's is the longest established congregation in Indiana, having been formed in 1822. The organ room renovation has been completed, so the installation of the historic tracker pipe organ is expected to begin before the first of September. All pieces and parts of the organ have been repaired and cleaned over the past three months by Mike Rathke of Spiceland and his crew. ...
Some of the 1900 stenciling around the ceiling of the organ room was preserved, and photographs were taken of all stenciling in that area. The room was originally used as a Sunday School room and has a rectangular stained-glass window of the same colors and design as the Gothic style window in the north entry. When the organ was purchased in 1933, the ceiling of the room was removed to make room for the tall organ. Major reconstruction of the brick wall with a steel I-beam barely made room for the organ installation back then."
Notes: The town is known locally as both Pershing and East Germantown. The name change was due to the political climate of World War I. The article refers to both names.
This organ had some restoration work done in 2000 and was featured in a piano & organ patriotic concert on July 4, 2000, to a packed sanctuary. This organ was part of the OHS 2007 convention tour of central Indiana.
Status Note: There 1996.
Relocated from St. Paul's Lutheran, Richmond, IN [in 1902?].
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