Next Historical Association of Lewiston Meeting

The Historical Association of Lewiston is pleased to present our April 2022 program: “MECHANICAL ORGANS-An Evening with the Organ Grinder”.  Dan Wilke will present this event at 7:00 PM Thursday, April 28, 2022 at the Lutheran Church of the Messiah Fellowship Hall, 915 Oneida St., Lewiston, NY. 

Dan Wilke from Buffalo will present this fun and very musical program.  Dan developed a fascination with self-playing automatic musical instruments at age three when he was completely mesmerized by the sounds of a Wurlitzer band organ on a merry-go-round at Olcott Beach.  The interest became more serious six years later when he acquired the first item in his collection, a Victorian-era pump organ.  Following that was his first Victrola at age 10 and a player piano at age 12.  In his early 20’s Dan acquired his first German built street organ and has had the honor of being “Buffalo’s Only Organ Grinder” for 35 years.    

For this presentation Dan will feature six instruments from his personal collection including two German Street Organs, 125 year old organettes and even a Spanish Barrel Piano!  This is one evening you will not want to miss.  You’ll even have the opportunity to win a free ticket!

This community event is free and open to all, refreshments will be served.  Hand sanitizer will be available. Come on out and join us and enjoy Dan’s presentation on old time musical instruments.