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Preserving America’s Oldest Organ: A Lecture Double Feature

September 21, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

$20 per person, advance ticket purchase encouraged, light refreshments provided

The Origins of the Hunstanton Hall Organ: The Le Strange Family of Norfolk, England

Lecture by St. Luke’s Education Coordinator Rachel Popp

The meticulous household accounts of Lady Alice Le Strange not only provide documentation of the commission of what we today call the Hunstanton Hall Organ but also provide a window into the daily lives of the family that owned and played the historic organ in the St. Luke’s collection. This lecture will briefly introduce and explore the Le Strange Family of Norfolk, England in the early 17th century. Who were they? What were their lives like? How did their time period and legacy affect the history of what would become the oldest organ in America?

The Historic Organ at St. Luke’s and its Continuing Influence on Organ Conservation

Lecture by Conservator John R. Watson

Twenty years ago, St. Luke’s hosted an international colloquium on the practical and philosophical issues in organ restoration. The exceptionally rare and important early seventeenth-century organ at St. Luke’s served as a provocative backdrop as delegates from seven countries debated the meaning and the means of historic organ preservation. This lecture recounts the drama and the continuing and far-reaching influence of the 1999 Smithfield meeting.

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September 21, 2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


St. Luke’s Historical Church & Musuem
14477 Benn's Church Blvd.
Smithfield, VA 23430 United States


Historic St. Luke’s