Dick Rhea has been a collector of pump organs for many years. He and his wife, Bernice, have traveled throughout the Midwest, including Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico and put over 34,000 miles on his pickup and trailer to retrieve these antique organs that he has purchased at auctions, from individuals and on e-bay. He recently purchased the building at 117 N. Main Street in Sharon Springs, Kansas and has transformed it into a museum for his restored organs. All of the organs on display are in working order. Dick has restored the inside as well as the outside of all of these organs. He was asked how many pieces were in an old organ so he counted the next time he worked on one. Came up with 1133 pieces!
Rhea's Antique Pump Organ Museum is moving
The museum is moving from Main Street in Sharon Springs to the Ft. Wallace Museum in Wallace, KS. The organs will be on display as soon as the new building has been completed.
Donations are being accepted to help fund the cost of the new building. All donations can be sent to: Ft. Wallace Museum 2655 Highway 40 Wallace, Ks 67761. (Make Payable to: Ft. Wallace Memorial Association. In memo, write 'Rhea Pump Organ Building Fund') Thanks to everyone for their support!