Pamplin Media Group - Glockenspiel figurines swapped out for originals...for now

2022-07-23 03:17:59 By : Mr. Weixin Ye

Mount Angel's Glockenspiel welcomed back its original hand-carved wooden statues on Thursday.

The near life-size carved figures that represent each of the six branches of military service (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Merchant Marines and Navy) will be replaced by the original six statues that tell the story of Mount Angel's heritage.

The military figurines, which will return before Memorial Day in May and will be replaced again before Oktoberfest in September, will find homes at various locations throughout Mount Angel in the meantime:

• Merchant Marine — Mount Angel Telephone

• Air Force — Mount Angel City Hall

• Coast Guard — The Grant Company

"I want to thank all the volunteers who helped," said Henrietta Dill, developer of Edelweiss Village, the building that houses the Glockenspiel. "It takes a lot of time. A lot more work is involved than people think."

Volunteers from GEM Equipment and The Grant Company helped move the statues, while Randy Lathrop and Will Hartenstein volunteered their electrical engineering expertise to the mechanics of the statues and switching the music. Both sets of statues come with music recordings that are unique to each figurine.

The six military statues were unveiled at Mount Angel's Fourth of July celebration, after $30,000 was raised through grants and donations to have them carved, painted and coated.

The original six — an American Indian, German settlers Robert and Kathrina Zauner, early community leader Matthias Butsch, Prior Adelhelm Odermatt (who established the Benedictine Monastery), Mount Angel's first prioress Sister Bernadine Wachter and "Papa Oom Pah" who represents the town's Oktoberfest celebration — were constructed 10 years ago, debuting at Oktoberfest in September 2006. But even back then, the plan was to include another set of figurines, Dill said.

"When we first constructed the Glockenspiel we knew we wanted to do a salute to the military," she explained. "The community here is very patriotic. This tiny town sent over 200 men to war in World War II."

The Glockenspiel is located at 190 E. Charles St., Mount Angel.

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