This inte­ri­or pho­to­graph of the Round Lake Audi­to­ri­um was tak­en around 1900, and is the old­est known image of the 1847 Davis & Fer­ris organ.
Fes­tooned with Amer­i­can flags and elab­o­rate green­ery, the Audi­to­ri­um was prob­a­bly dec­o­rat­ed for the Fourth of July.

Information on Conservation and Restoration

The link below opens the new Guide­lines for Con­ser­va­tion adopt­ed in July, 2008 by the OHS Nation­al Coun­cil. Pre­de­ces­sors of this doc­u­ment that have been issued by the OHS since 1973 have played a sig­nif­i­cant role in the preser­va­tion of dozens of wor­thy instru­ments in the US.

Cul­tur­al sig­nif­i­cance must be re-eval­u­at­ed by every gen­er­a­tion, as are the means of pre­serv­ing the her­itage for the future. The new insights of our own gen­er­a­tion are reflect­ed in these new Guide­lines: besides their musi­cal and visu­al essence, his­toric organs also bear a volu­mi­nous record of their con­struc­tion and inter­ven­ing his­to­ry in the form of phys­i­cal evi­dence. The guide­lines rec­om­mend a con­ser­va­tion-mind­ed approach to restora­tion that seeks not only to restore beau­ty and voice, but also to pre­serve his­tor­i­cal evi­dence for future examination.

Information on Conservation and Restoration


Guidelines for Conservation and Restoration

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Annotated Bibliography

For the Guidelines for Restoration

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The Organ Historical Society’s
Position on the Ivory Ban
in the United States

The Organ His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety, rep­re­sent­ing 2,500 mem­bers in the Unit­ed States and abroad, deplores ill-con­sid­ered fed­er­al and state leg­is­la­tion that crim­i­nal­izes the sale, pur­chase, and, in some cas­es, pos­ses­sion with intent to sell, of musi­cal instru­ments with com­po­nents made of legal­ly import­ed ivory. This new leg­is­la­tion jeop­ar­dizes the preser­va­tion of innu­mer­able his­toric musi­cal instru­ments of great impor­tance to our nation’s cul­tur­al her­itage. For exam­ple, it obstructs efforts by muse­ums to acquire rare instru­ments and unfair­ly bur­dens church­es that seek to sell or acquire fine old pipe organs. The Organ His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety urges that such leg­is­la­tion be recon­sid­ered and that exemp­tions be made for the sale and pur­chase with­in the Unit­ed States of musi­cal instru­ments con­tain­ing legal­ly import­ed ivory.

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)