Group exposes Missouri organs' hidden history
JOPLIN (AP) - A group of Missouri organ musicians and enthusiasts are traveling the area to enjoy the instrument's history.
The Joplin Globe reports that members of the Joplin Area Organist's Association are going on "organ crawls."
Close to home, members can play and learn about the 1929 Hinners pipe organ at the Byers Avenue United Methodist Church in Joplin.
Group member Gary Jordan says it's the second-oldest organ in Jasper County next to one at the Scottish Rite Cathedral.
Another organ at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Galena, Kansas, was made before the Civil War. It was shipped from New York and up the Mississippi River.
Jordan says association members hope to expose the instrument's history in the area, which he says is fading because organs are expensive to maintain and difficult to play.