The Harvard Historical Society plans to restore its 1870 Stevens & Co. organ and has set a fundraising goal of around $80,000 and hopes to raise the money through grants, private donations, and corporate sponsors. The Andover Organ Company is scheduled to begin the restoration in spring 2019 and will complete the job in time to celebrate the organ’s 150 anniversary in 2020. Please consider making a donation to help support this effort. You can make a donation by sending a check to The Harvard Historical Society, Box 542, Harvard, Ma 01451 or by tapping the PayPal button below.
Our 1870 Stevens & Co organ has been awarded a citation from the Organ Historical Society honoring its special historic qualities. This citation directly acknowledges the historic value and authenticity of this instrument. Our organ is one of only three produced by a George Stevens company to receive such a citation. It is also the largest remaining single manual organ produced by George Stevens.
The organ was given as a gift to the Still River Baptist Society in 1870, by William Bowles Willard, a successful farmer and an influential member of the community. He served as Clerk for the Baptist Society for 57 years and donated generously to its support and its missions. Willard is a direct descendant of Major Simon Willard, an important figure in the early settlement of Concord, Sudbury, Lancaster, and other surrounding towns, and of Henry Willard, who was among the first settlers of Still River and who is thought to be responsible for planting the seeds of Baptist sympathy that eventually led to the founding of the Still River Baptist Society.