Zion Lutheran Church
1151 S Germantown Road
East Germantown, IN 47327 US
Organ ID: 31189
Updated through online information from Timothy E. Conyers, September 27, 2012 -- 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."
Updated by Timothy E. Conyers, who has heard or played the organ.
The instrument 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.
In 2014, the pipe chamber room was renovated. All pipes and parts were removed, cleaned and repaired by Michael Rathke of Spiceland, Indiana, and then reinstalled.
NOTE: The town is known locally as both Pershing and East Germantown. The name was changed to Pershing due to the political climate prior to and during World War I and World War II. The town is now officially listed as East Germantown and is the name found on State maps. This has caused confusion to non-residents of the county. Records of the church are under both names. The instrument is listed on this database under both town names for understandable reasons but with slightly different information.
Updated through online information from T. Daniel Hancock.
Updated through online information from Connor Annable.
Updated through online information from John Igoe. -- The Diapason, March 2014 describes complete restoration of the instrument by M.P.Rathke
Identified through information in the 2007 Organ Atlas. Relocated from St. Paul German Evangelical Lutheran Church of Richmond, Indiana.