Thank you for the excellent article about Trinity United Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids (“End of an era for church ‘family’”, Aug. 23). It’s almost impossible to mention all events connected with a church building closure, but one important item not mentioned in the article refers to the pipe organ, which was not destroyed in 2008 flood.
The Wangerin organ, built in Milwaukee, was removed and stored before the church was demolished. There was consideration of trying to reinstall it in the church’s education building next door. This did not prove to be feasible. Coe College agreed to take the organ console and all its pipes.
The organ was installed in the Daehler-Kitchin Auditorium, located in Coe’s music building. So, anytime you attend a music program in the Daehler-Kitchin Auditorium, remember you are hearing the Trinity United Methodist pipe organ.