‘Glen Echo’s Wurlitzer Band Organ—A 50-Year Perspective’ Will Be Focus of Montgomery History Free Online Presentation Starting Monday, Dec. 19

by Patrick Herron

Per Montgomery County: Durward Center, the restorer and caretaker of Glen Echo’s Wurlitzer 165 Band Organ for the last 50 years, will explore the journey of the organ at the historic park in a free online presentation from Montgomery History. The presentation will be available for a one-week period starting Monday, Dec. 19.

In his talk, Mr. Center will address the organ’s modifications, restoration and maintenance. He will also offer a close-up view of the organ’s internal mechanism and how it works.

Glen Echo Park is an arts and cultural center in Glen Echo. The park’s site was initially developed in 1891 as a National Chautauqua Assembly. Following the foreclosure and sale of the Chautauqua grounds in 1903, leisure facilities were developed there to serve Washington’s growing population. In 1911, the site was expanded to become the privately owned Glen Echo Amusement Park, a popular facility that operated until 1968. The National Park Service now operates the park, which serves the Washington area as a regional cultural resource offering classes, workshops and performances in the visual and performing arts.

To view the presentation on the organ starting Dec. 19, go to » WATCH (montgomeryhistory.org).


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