Mary Park Nutt Memorial Chime


   The First Church, Congregational (UCC)
   Concord & Lowell Streets
   Nashua, New Hampshire, USA
   LL: N 42.76561, W 71.46697
*Former location (May-Oct.1893, first 10 bells only):
   Machinery Hall (southeast tower)
   World's Columbian Exposition
   Chicago, Illinois, USA 
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   Jim Stone
   - and -
   Norma Smith
   - and -
   Dale Neth
*Former chimer:
   24 Je 1894, inaug. Frank P. Lotz


   First Church
   1 Concord Street
   Nashua, NH  03064-2364
   T: 603-882-4861   F: 603-882-1610
   - or -
   Joseph R. Olefirowicz, Minister of Music




   Original bells were returned to the
   foundry after the Exposition closed,
   for expansion to the present chime;
   both installations designed by Frank P.
   Lotz of Covington, Ky.; installed here
   by George Vanduzen; dedicatory
   recital played by Mr. Lotz;
   added semitones are F#, A#, C#
   (sharp 4th, flat 7th, sharp octave).
   Major restoration in 1998.
   All clappers recast in 2023.

*Technical data:

   Traditional chime (chimestand) of 15 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is C  in the middle octave
   Transposition is nil (concert pitch)
   Keyboard range:     C G   /    NONE  
   There are three added semitones
   The presence or absence of a practice console is unknown
   The instrument was enlarged in 1894
     with bells made by Vanduzen     
   Prior history:
     In 1893, the instrument was begun with 10 bells
       by Vanduzen    
       Pitch of heaviest bell was D  in the middle octave
       Keyboard range was:     D E   /    ----  
       There was one added semitone
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 1994

The church Website has an extensive history of the bells.  An alternate version of the Website is here.

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Vanduzen bellfoundry.
Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Vanduzen bellfoundry.

Ranking among all North American chimes by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all North American chimes by weight (pitch).
Ranking among all North American chimes by year of completion.

Why this chime was a milestone in North American chime history (1893).

Index to all tower bell instruments in NH.

   This page was built from the database on  4-Nov-23
   based on textual data last updated on 2023/08/25
   and on technical data last updated on 2016/09/06

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