News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

The Hildene organ in the historic mansion of Robert Todd Lincoln in Manchester is celebrating 100 years of producing almost surround sound. This Aeolian organ had a paper roll player attachment as Robert was not much of a musician, said The Manchester Journal Today there are about 210 pipe organs in Vermont, but Hildene has the “oldest residential pipe organ in America still playing in the original place where it was installed,” according to Stephen Morse who is writing a book about all the 210 remaining organs – oh, and also plays them all. The organ cost $9,500 in 1905 and was the single most expensive item in the mansion, said Hildene curator Brian Knight. The organ was renovated to the tune of $12,000 the late ’70s. The paper roll system was replaced by a modern, computer-driven version about 12 years ago, but for its time it allowed the adaptation of some pipe organs that allowed the pleasure of hearing music, but not the cost of having to hire an organist to play it. Happy birthday and many more sound-sational ones.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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