Organ museum to open for the season

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BRATTLEBORO — The Estey Organ Musem at 108 Birge Street Rear opens for the season on Saturday, May 18.

The museum's mission is to collect, preserve and interpret the physical and cultural heritage of the Estey Organ Company and to promote the continued use and enjoyment of Estey organs. The Estey Organ Company was one of the largest employers in southern Vermont, manufacturing half a million reed organs and over 3,000 pipe organs between 1852 and 1953.

Come see (and play) organs that have made it back "home" to Brattleboro from all over the world. The Engine House displays a walk-through pipe organ, tools used by the female and male employees, timelines, photos, folding organs played by U.S. Army chaplains during World War II, and adorable children's organs.

The museum is open Saturdays and Sundays from 2 to 4 p,m, through October 13; parking is free. The entrance fee for non-members is $5; there is no charge for members and young children, and donations are always welcome. More information can be found online at



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