Yesterday, as the weather edged toward spring and the sun showed its face, the town’s DPW Crew performed two important moves for the Historical Society. The first was to move the Esty Pump Organ to the Town Hall from Holy Trinity Church on Main St.
The organ was donated to the Society in 2001 by the estate of Stanley Malinowski, and moved from his home in New York state to Hatfield using funds raised by the Historical Society. Since there was no room in the museum and so that the organ could be played now and then, it was decided that it should reside at Holy Trinity Church.
In May 2002, organist Lary Grossman and others gave a concert on the newly refurbished organ. With the closing of the church this past December, we needed to move the organ to town property.
Currently, you can take a closer look at the Esty pump organ in the Town Hall Auditorium, just past the voting cubicles, but eventually it will be moved upstairs to the Parlor.
And thanks again to the town crew – William Young, James Lavallee, James Klepacki and Mark Hebert – who’ve been so helpful in getting our storage area set up in the balcony. We couldn’t have done it without you!