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11/30/2012 6:01:00 AM
Museum organ-izes annual Christmas program
Carson will perform Sunday on instrument first given to Kingman church in 1926
CourtesyPaul Carson plays the Austin pipe organ during the 30th Annual Mohave Museum of History and Arts Christmas Program in 2009.

Paul Carson plays the Austin pipe organ during the 30th Annual Mohave Museum of History and Arts Christmas Program in 2009.

Ahron Sherman
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Revelers can celebrate the season Sunday at the 33rd Annual Mohave Museum of History and Arts Christmas Program.

As he has for the last seven years, Paul Carson will play Christmas-themed music on the museum's old Austin pipe organ. As Carson plays, museum board member Pat Foley will run a slideshow that features Christmas-in-Kingman photos accompanied by the lyrics to the carols.

"It gets better and better every year," said Shannon Rossiter, the museum's director. "It's a great program."

But what's a show at the museum without a history lesson? Every three songs or so, Foley will play short videos featuring some of Kingman's historical figures, such as Anson Smith, the founder of the Miner.

"Long-time residents will find it real interesting," Foley said. Others will get a bit of an education, he said.

Even the organ is museum-worthy.

It was donated to the museum by St. John's Methodist Church in 1976. The organ had been donated to the church in 1926, Foley said.

"It's in real good shape," he said. "Paul pays to have it tuned every year."

The show is free to the public, but space is limited, so it's a good idea to get there a little early.

"Sometimes it's jam-packed," Rossiter said. "We've had to turn people away before."

The program starts at 2 p.m. at the museum, 400 W. Beale St. Cider and cookies will be served after the show.

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