Wednesday, January 2, 2008


A while back, we added the Organ Historical Society to the CV Definitive Linkroll. On this site you can search the database for pipe organs that are or were in a given church.

In May 2006, I had written a post about the five (yes, only five) Aeolian-Skinner organs in all of Rhode Island. One of the churches mentioned was Blessed Sacrament in Providence, RI, home of an Aeolian Skinner built in 1968. I had done a search under Providence yesterday out of curiosity. They had listed a three-manual Austin built "before 1905".

So, via an online form that one can use to give the OHS updates on a given organ, I tipped them off about the Aeolian Skinner that is now in use. I also included this link from the Aeolian-Skinner Opus List. I got this reply from Jim Cook, who runs the OHS database:

On behalf of the OHS Database Committee, thank you for sending information through our on-line form.

During the review process, we discovered that the changes you described were extensive enough to warrant making a new entry. We therefore used the information you submitted to create this new entry and linked it to the previous one.

Please take time to visit the new entry and notify us if we have made any errors. I look forward to receiving future contributions from you. -- jim cook, Database Manager

On the new page, I find:
Additional notes.
Identified through on-line information from Brian Michael Page.

WOOHOO! I feel as if I just made my own page for the OHS! Humbled, yet thrilled, am I!

PS: Incidentally, I just added the Aeolian-Skinner archive pages to the CV Definitive Linkroll. It includes a couple of interviews, a brief timeline of the company, and opus lists for Aeolian-Skinner, E.M. Skinner, E.M. Skinner and Son, and Bassett-Skinner.

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