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Dina Rudick/Globe Staff
St. Mary’s Church in Charlestown has had the same organ for 121 years thanks, in part, to Lee Eiseman.
The stops on the 3,000-pipe organ.
Eiseman is not Catholic — he’s a secular Jew. Still, he has spent thousands of hours volunteering to restore and keep up the organ.
He came to care for the 1892 instrument because of a promise he made to the 20th century’s foremost classic organ builder and restorer, Charles B. Fisk, in 1974.
Eiseman has kept it operating through thousands of weddings, funerals, and morning Masses. Now, the church is embarking on a large-scale restoration project.
The six-month, $250,000 project involves disassembling, repairing, or replacing, thousands of fragile wood, metal, leather, and fabric components.
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