Honeymans donate treasured Estey organ to museum

It’s a beauty and looks as if it has always been there, on the south wall of the green room in building one of Dakota Buttes Museum in southeast Hettinger.

By BONNIE SMITH
Dakota Buttes Museum

But it’s new to the museum and another of the nearly century-old, new acquisitions to the museum’s collection this year.

Donated this spring by the Ed and Eleanore Honeyman family, the large church organ was built by the Estey Organ Company of Brattleboro, VT, a company known world-wide for its quality construction since 1846.

Originally in a golden oak finish, the organ has darkened some with age, but retains its rich lus-ter. This particular Estey organ is operated by a separate individual who hand-pumps the air into the organ reeds as the organist plays the instrument.

Moved to the museum from Ed’s famous music room by children, grandchildren and friends of the Honeymans, the organ will be a permanent attraction for music lovers and collectors of vin-tage musical instruments.

Other vintage acquisitions from the Honeyman family this year are a maroon velvet Victorian doll settee and matching chair on display in the parlor (building one) and a replica Victorian wooden doll bed on display in the children’s booth (also in building one), both given in memory of Eleanore Honeyman and her extensive doll collection.

For further information on the Ed and Eleanore Honeyman collections, see the the July 12, 1992, Fargo Forum, Section B, story by Bob Lind.

The Dakota Buttes Museum is operated by the Dakota Buttes Historical Society/ Museum, the official historical society of Adams County, ND. Museum hours are from 1:00 – 4:00 pm MT, Sunday, Tuesday, or Thursday afternoons, or by appointment.