Forgotten Illinois 200

Andrew Carnegie’s Benefaction of 207 Pipe Organs in Illinois, 1901-1919

My research focuses on the forgotten Illinois history of 207 pipe organ grants from the Andrew Carnegie Trust, 1901-1919. As a Carnegie Foundation fellow, Romanaux is creating the first known chronology and historical narrative database – pictorial and archival recording.

Andrew Carnegie hoped that the organ would not only be used for religious services but for social, cultural, and educational advancements in each community. Following Carnegie’s vision, this grant funds five organ concerts on Carnegie instruments and “Informances” (hands-on introduction to the organ with short concert) for elementary and High School students.