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Still River Baptist / Harvard Historical Society
215 Still River Road
Harvard, Massachusetts 01451

OHS Database ID 4154.

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Awards

This organ received OHS Citation number 388, 2010-05-23.


Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The organ needs repairs, but is in usable condition.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition 2012-05-08.


Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

One manual. 12 stops. 13 ranks. Manual compass is 56 notes. Pedal compass is 25 notes.

The organ is in a floor-level case at the rear of the room. There are hinged doors that enclose keyboards. The organ has an attached keydesk.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on flat jambs. Trigger/hitch-down swell. Flat straight pedalboard.

Notes

  • Building formerly Still River Baptist, then Harvard Historical Society. 9/93 form - stop list & pictures. (OHS PC Database. 2004-10-30)
  • Updated through on-line information from Claire Rindenello. (Database Manager. 2009-12-31)
  • Updated through online information from T. Daniel Hancock. -- The Harvard Historical Society reports the following about the organ's condition as of May 07, 2012: "The casework is of pine, with faux oak grained finish, in moderately good condition. The keydesk is semi-projecting, with vertical stop-jambs. All manual pipe work is enclosed in and expression box with vertical shutters operated by a hitch-down pedal, and the front pipes are wooden dummies. The Pedal pipes are arranged diatonically at the back of the organ. The organ is presently blown by an old Spencer fan blower in the cellar, but the original feeders and bellows handle are still intact. The wind-pressure appears to have been raised at some time by the addition of large and uncharacteristic rocks on the bellows, and some of the pipes seem on the verge of over blowing. The pipe work is all intact, but in somewhat damaged condition, the tops of the open metal pipes having been coned out and torn, apparently to sharpen the pitch. These few interventions can all be reversed during a restoration, as this organ is otherwise entirely intact and original." A fundraising campaign for restoration is underway. (Database Manager. 2012-05-08)

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    Organ Case. Photograph by Len Levasseur 2010-07-10

    Pipe organs in Massachusetts sponsored by Mssrs. Czelusniak et Dugal.

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    Stoplist

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    • Typed stoplist (Source: Harvard Historical Society website)

    • Still River Baptist/Harvard Historical Society
      Harvard, Massachussetts
      George Stevens & Co., c. 1870
      OHS ID 4154
      
            MANUAL (56 notes) 
      ____________________________________________________
      
          8 Open Diapason            wood bass
          8 Stopped Diapason Bass    19 pipes
          8 Melodia                  from tenor C
          8 Keraulophon              from tenor G
          8 Dulciana                 from tenor G
          4 Principal                from tenor G
          4 Flute                    from tenor C
      2-2/3 Twelfth
          2 Fifteenth
            Sesquialtera [III]       from tenor F
          8 Hautboy
                     
            PEDAL (25 notes) 
      ____________________________________________________
      
      16   Bourdon                   20 wood pipes            
           Manual to Pedal coupler
                      
      [Received online from T. Daniel Hancock, 2012-05-07]
    • Typed stoplist (Source: Harvard Historical Society website) Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.