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If you've been on the upstairs level of the Fayette County Museum lately, you know that there are some exciting things going on.
The entire area is in the midst of being brought back to its former beauty when it served its initial purpose as a church sanctuary. The roof has been fixed, the ceiling has been uncovered and the walls are being restored.
The long-term plan for that floor of the historic building is to restore the front third as a church, the middle third as a museum and the back third as an art gallery.
In the church portion, one of the elements that the museum board of directors has dreamed of having is a pipe organ.
Well, they need not dream any longer. An organ and the associated pipes have become available – a free gift to the museum from the St. Francisville Catholic Church. They also threw in some hardwood flooring.
There's only one problem. The St. Francisville church has been closed and is slated to be torn down. The organ, pipes and flooring must be removed from the church before the wrecking ball swings in late May.
Though the organ has been given to the museum, it must be disassembled, transported and reassembled. That requires the expertise of a specialist. And the price tag for his services is $6,000 – due by May 22.
If you'd like to be involved in this exciting project, we encourage you to send donations to the Fayette County Museum, 301 W. Main St., Vandalia, IL 62471.
The museum board doesn't have the funds for the organ project at this time. If you can help, the need is there. And the time is now.