The van Bergen Company of Charleston, South Carolina designed and completed the Fredericks Family Memorial Carillon. With its dedication, the Fredericks Family Memorial Carillon joins a select list of grand carillons in existence in North America numbering less than 200. There are 47 perfectly tuned bronze bells, weighing nearly 25,000 pounds.
|President Craig Dean Willis (right) and Carol Fredricks (second from right) break ground for the carillon with the help of Council of Trustees Chairman Williams F. Williams and Betty Shantz.|
The carillon may be played manually with expression using a standard ivory type keyboard, or through a 500-song memory automatic playing system. The traditional Westminster chimes ring on the hours perfectly synchronized with the lighted tower clock dials. Traditional manual clavier operation may be added in the future.
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The Fredericks Family Memorial Carillon is a grand signature piece on the University campus which can be enjoyed by the entire city of Lock Haven. It provides a lasting memorial to the Fredericks Family.
|One of less than 200 in North America, the carillon is helped into its resting place.||
Samuel H. Fredericks, Jr. and I shared a dream with President Craig Willis of a grand carillon to bring an exaltation of pride in the natural beauty and intellectual resources of Lock Haven University and this lovely community. Sam also wanted the carillon to honor his predecessors, the mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles, of the Fredericks family who for more than four generations helped build the community and support the college that became Lock Haven University.
The dedication of this grand carillon, The Fredericks Family Memorial Carillon, makes that dream a reality. These grand bells will sound joyously for hundreds of years. Their music will strengthen the resolve of the University and the community to make Lock Haven a better place to live now and for future generations.
|Dr. Carol Whitcraft Fredericks and Samuel Harvey Fredericks|
Dr. Carol Whitcraft Fredericks