Fair seeks to ‘de-organ-ize': Rare pipe organ 1 of 2 in CA
EL DORADO COUNTY MUSEUM Director Mary Cory and Museum Commissioner Mans Kjellin look at the keyboard and controls of the first pipe organ in El Dorado County. The organ has been stored in a building at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds since the 1960s. Democrat photos by Pat Dollins
She was the first pipe organ in El Dorado County; she might be one of the only two Bergstrom Pipe Organs left in California; she might be the largest surviving Bergstrom and now, this vintage lady of El Dorado County history needs a home as the county fair is asking the Historical Society to move it.
Built by John Eric Bergstrom, a Swedish immigrant who learned the science of organ building in Sweden before coming to the United States in 1850, the Bergstrom pipe organ is the only occupant of the Organ Room at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Usually the background for exhibits during the county fair, the organ hasn't been played for many years.
According to "History of El Dorado County Federated Church," by Malcom E. Wright, the organ was purchased by the Placerville ... Continue Reading