Join us on Sun­day August 1st at 5pm EDT for the first night of our pipe organ festival.

A Breath of Fresh Air


Imag­ine watch­ing a 200-year old organ, bro­ken, tat­tered, and for­got­ten com­ing to life again. Imag­ine see­ing crafts­men and his­to­ri­ans work­ing togeth­er on a neglect­ed instru­ment, restor­ing it to glo­ry piece by piece. Imag­ine gaz­ing at its trans­for­ma­tion into an his­tor­i­cal­ly accu­rate ser­vice­able organ. Now, imag­ine hear­ing that instru­ment played for the first time in generations!

You can make these imag­i­na­tions come true. Join us as we attempt to cre­ate Breath of Fresh Air for the 1817 Hilbus Cab­i­net Organ.

Kalei­do­scope of Colors

5 Sundays in August

Order your Program Book

NOW AVAILABLE TO ORDER FOR $35, this is the com­plete Pro­gram Book for Sum­mer 2021’s KALEIDOSCOPE OF COLORS, a vir­tu­al Con­ven­tion over five Sun­days in August that will each fea­ture three instru­ments — a total of 15 pipe organs across the USA. Book will include full-col­or pho­tos, well-researched essays on each instru­ment, per­form­ers’ biogra­phies as well their com­plete, imag­i­na­tive pro­grams designed for each instru­ment, and infor­ma­tion cov­er­ing three cen­turies of pipe organ build­ing in the USA. ORDER NOW!

Now Ship­ping!

This event is FREE TO ALL.

Please consider making a donation.

Fes­ti­val Donation

Please support our Festival!

Kalei­do­scope of Col­ors will fea­ture pipe organs span­ning three cen­turies of builders, from across 14 states in the USA, played by a diverse group of organ­ists. Join us each Sun­day night in August for vir­tu­al organ recitals of glo­ri­ous music in venues that could not all be vis­it­ed in one night.

Please con­sid­er donat­ing; your gift will go direct­ly towards sup­port­ing this unique fes­ti­val. $20 per night, a typ­i­cal dona­tion amount, will enable:


  • Venue rental
  • Per­former honoraria
  • New Organ Music commission
  • Video pro­duc­tion expens­es and record­ing fees


New Episode! Stories of Ephemera (Part 1)

Bynum brings us into the Library’s col­lec­tion of ephemera.

Select the Video Playlist” icon on the upper right of the video play­er to play pre­vi­ous episodes.




Robert McCormick

Anoth­er install­ment in the organ recital series from the Organ His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety’s head­quar­ters in Vil­lano­va, Pennsylvania.

Select the Video Playlist” icon on the upper right of the video play­er to play pre­vi­ous episodes.


Support the OHS

Support the OHS

Sup­port our won­der­ful programs.


OHS Annual
Fund Drive

Help sup­port oper­at­ing expens­es of OHS pro­grams and services.

Sustaining Membership

Sustaining Membership

Join Today!

The OHS is pleased to offer a Sus­tain­ing Mem­ber cat­e­go­ry.  For as lit­tle as $10 per month, you can sup­port the OHS grow stronger and more respon­sive to the pipe organ com­mu­ni­ty.  OHS and you – sus­tain­ing a life­time of history.

Big Things
Are Happening!

Celebrate the

of the OHS Catalog

OHS News


Breaking News


LIBRARIAN ASSISTANT need­ed at The Organ His­tor­i­cal Society

The Organ His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety seeks to fill a part-time posi­tion of Librar­i­an Assis­tant at its nation­al head­quar­ters in Vil­lano­va, PA.  The suc­cess­ful can­di­date must embrace the mis­sion of Organ His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety, demon­strate strong inter­per­son­al, ver­bal com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and writ­ing skills, and pos­sess the skills to work inde­pen­dent­ly with min­i­mal super­vi­sion.  Duties include cat­a­loging, ship­ping, cre­at­ing find­ing aids, orga­niz­ing mate­ri­als, and assist­ing the Librarian/​Archivist in all oth­er OHSLA activ­i­ties.  Click here for a full job descrip­tion:   organ​his​tor​i​cal​so​ci​ety​.org/​p​d​f​s​/​O​H​S​L​A​-​J​o​b​-​D​e​s​c​.​pdf

Appli­ca­tion Pro­ce­dure: (Dead­line – Jan­u­ary 102021)

Sub­mit a cov­er let­ter, resume and 2 let­ters of ref­er­ence to mail@​organhistoricalsociety.​org using the sub­ject head­ing LIBRARIAN ASSISTANT.

The Organ His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety may con­duct back­ground checks on all job can­di­dates upon accep­tance of a con­tin­gent offer.

OHSLA List of Books and Pamphlets Needed

OHSLA List of Books and Pamphlets Needed

Down­load a PDF of this list from the OHSLA.

Down­load the PDF now.

Columbus Convention Postponed to 2022

OHS 2020 Convention
Postponed until 2022

After lengthy and care­ful nego­ti­a­tions, the OHS and the Hilton Colum­bus Hotel have agreed to post­pone the 2020 con­ven­tion, push­ing back to 2022. We are most grate­ful to their man­age­ment team for com­ing to these terms with­out penal­ty to the OHS. Each per­son who reg­is­tered for the con­ven­tion has been con­tact­ed by tele­phone and/​or email regard­ing this issue.


The Hunt for Rare Organ Books

The Hunt for Rare Organ Books

Down­load a PDF of these book from the OHSLA.

Down­load the PDF now.

New OHS Phone Number 484.488.PIPE (7473)

As of March 1, 2019 OHS has a brand new tele­phone num­ber to reflect our res­i­den­cy in Penn­syl­va­nia.  While the old num­ber will work for a while, please take note:

484.488.PIPE (7473). Four foots and eight foots with no mix­tures but it works!


Youth Advisory Panel Gets Underway

Youth Advisory Panel Gets Underway

Read their first let­ter to the membership.


Upcoming Events

The Tracker

OHS pub­lish­es its jour­nal four times a year. The Track­er includes news and arti­cles about the organ and its his­to­ry, organ­builders, exem­plary organs, region­al sur­veys of instru­ments, and the music played on the organ. The empha­sis is on Amer­i­can organ top­ics of the 18th, 19th, and 20th cen­turies, and there are occa­sion­al arti­cles on Euro­pean top­ics. Most issues run 48 pages with many illus­tra­tions and photographs.

Dear Friend of the Organ –
A New Opportunity

Think about the plea­sure you will receive in offer­ing an OHS mem­ber­ship to a friend or rel­a­tive. You can share your love of the pipe organ and intro­duce some­one else to the good works of the Soci­ety in edu­cat­ing, pre­serv­ing and chron­i­cling our rich organ her­itage and cul­ture. Mem­ber­ships make splen­did gifts. The recip­i­ent will receive a sub­scrip­tion to our quar­ter­ly mag­a­zine, The Track­er, a spe­cial gift and all the ben­e­fits of mem­ber­ship, includ­ing mem­bers’ prices on many items in the OHS Catalog.

The OHS Mission Statement

The Organ His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety cel­ebrates, pre­serves, and stud­ies the pipe organ in Amer­i­ca in all its his­toric styles, through re­search, edu­ca­tion, ad­vocacy, and music.

The Organ Historical Society

330 North Spring Mill Road
Vil­lano­va, PA 19085 – 1737
(484) 488-PIPE (7473)



Kaleidoscope of Colors Program Book

A comprehensive guide to Kaleidoscope of Colors Festival of Pipes, the Festival Program Book is on sale for pre-orders at $28 including free shipping. On June 15th the price increases to $35 plus shipping. Watch for free every Sunday in August. Fifteen instruments, fourteen states, three centuries of organ building and five Sunday evening recitals. Get your Festival Program Book today while supplies last!

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