On September 1, 2005, Richard, Dana Hull & Barbara Owen were able to arrange their schedules so that they could be together at Katsbaan to work on the organ. Members of the organ restoration committee, as well as interested church members, gathered together that evening to hear about the progress the team has made, and to learn their future plans for the organ.
Dana, Barbara & Richard have been hard at work on the restoration process, including the research to discover the definitive answer to the question "Who built this organ?". From the clues they've uncovered thus far, they're feeling more and more confident that this organ is indeed the one that is documented to have been built by Erben for G. T. Strong in the early 1800's -- the organ that Strong nicknamed "Goliath".
"Goliath" as it looked September 16, 2006
Left photo: two of the three manuals (keyboards)
Right photo: bellows (under frame - white leather strips)
and swell windchest (set on top of frame).
On September 20, 2006 Richard Hamar reported
that restoration of the third keyboard has been completed.
He will will return it to Katsbaan sometime in the next several weeks!
He is also working towards completion of the great windchest.
We are continuing to seek funding to help reach our goal, which is to have this historic pipe organ completely restored in time for the 300th anniversary of the Katsbaan Reformed Church in 2010.
If you are able to send a donation, checks made payable to "Katsbaan Reformed Church Organ Fund" may be sent to: Katsbaan Organ Restoration Project, c/o Janice M. Trevail, 1866 High Falls Road, Catskill, NY 12414-5411.
Once the restoration process has been completed, everyone will receive an invitation to the recital that will be held to honor this very special instrument.
Please take a moment to pray for the success of this project.
Thank You and God Bless You!
Click HERE for our previous pipe organ page
which includes the history of the organ.
Click HERE for pipe organ details and photos.
Click HERE for higher resolution photos.