The OHS Mission Statement

The Organ Historical Society celebrates, preserves, and studies the pipe organ in America in all its historic styles, through research, education, advocacy, and music.

The Organ Historical Society’s
Position on the Ivory Ban
in the United States

The Organ Historical Society, representing 2,500 members in the United States and abroad, deplores ill-considered federal and state legislation that criminalizes the sale, purchase, and, in some cases, possession with intent to sell, of musical instruments with components made of legally imported ivory. This new legislation jeopardizes the preservation of innumerable historic musical instruments of great importance to our nationís cultural heritage. For example, it obstructs efforts by museums to acquire rare instruments and unfairly burdens churches that seek to sell or acquire fine old pipe organs. The Organ Historical Society urges that such legislation be reconsidered and that exemptions be made for the sale and purchase within the United States of musical instruments containing legally imported ivory.

Love for the organ and its music

That's the only requirement for membership in this society of friends of the organ. We are an international organization that seeks members from all levels of interest in the organ. Whether you simply listen enthusiastically or you play, build, or study the organ as an avocation or profession, the Organ Historical Society invites you to join. The Society promotes a widespread musical and historical interest in American organbuilding through collection, preservation, and publication of historical information, and through recordings and public concerts. As a member you will:

  • Receive the Society's quarterly magazine The Tracker.
  • Meet others who share your love for the organ and its music.
  • Receive invitations to attend the annual National Conventions of the Society, which are held in June, July or August in places where there are interesting and historic organs.

Through your membership, help preserve and document the American organbuilding heritage and support the The OHS Library and Archives, the largest organ research collection in the world.

From a modest beginning in 1956, the Society has grown steadily in membership and is now an international group of music lovers, musicians, organbuilders, historians, and scholars. This growth, which has spread to other countries, is evidence that a significant step forward in musical culture and historical scholarship has been fostered since the Society's founding.