Cawker City UMC is not only home to the World’s Largest Ball of Twine, but they are also home to the oldest church pipe organ in Kansas. This beauty has a long and storied history.
Located in the Cawker City United Methodist Church, the Henry Pilcher’s Sons organ is the oldest church organ in the State of Kansas. Built in 1886 in Louisville, Kentucky, the organ’s first home was the Congregational Church in Kinsley, Kansas. In 1931, the old tracker (or mechanical action organ) was replaced by a more “modern” instrument and the Pilcher was sold to the Methodist Church in Cawker City. As the Methodist congregation transitioned into a new building, the organ was restored by the Reuter Organ Co. of Lawrence, Kansas and then installed in the new sanctuary in 1976. The organ continues to provide faithful service to the glory of God and is a source of pride for the congregation and community. (From the pipe organ website)
For more information regarding the pipe organ and a more detailed history, which is very fascinating, please go to www.1886Pilcher.weebly.com