First Baptist Churchs
(May 2010) More than 100 years ago in 1900,
a small group of women decided their church needed an organ. They worked
hard to raise $1,000 and, along with a $1,000 grant, were able to purchase
a hand-crafted Felgemaker Tracker Pipe Organ. In 1901, that organ was
carefully shipped from Pennsylvania and painstakingly installed in Madison,
Ind.s First Baptist Church.
Today, the 700-pipes organ is one of four still remaining
east of the Mississippi River, but it needs extensive maintenance, which
is going to be costly. Madison First Baptist Church, 416 Vine St., has
been working to raise the more than $85,000 that is needed to return
the rare treasure as close to its original condition as possible. At
this point, through auctions, dinners, and donations, the church has
raised $35,000, according to church member Sara Minor. Her company,
Minor Auctions, has helped with the efforts.
It is a very involved process that not many companies
are able to do, he said. Much of the interior pipes still
involve a wood action, while modern organs have switched to electronic
components. We found that only a few companies are able to do the complicated
To donate to the Organ Restoration Fund at Madison First Baptist Church, visit www.madisonfbc.org or send checks to Organ Restoration Fund, Madison First Baptist Church, 416 Vine St., Madison, IN, 47250.