ME-AN Mechanical Musical Instruments
Department of Mechanical Engineering Alumni Network (ME-AN) Event
Please join us for our fall 2022 ME-AN gathering at the home of Emeritus Professor Tom Kuehn (ME ’71 B.S., ’73 M.S., ’76 Ph.D.) to tour his mechanical musical instruments museum and workshop.
RSVP by Friday Sept. 9, 2022 using the link above or by calling Jennifer Clarke at 612-626-9354.
*In case of rain, this event will be rescheduled to Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022.
Some people collect stamps or coins or comic books. For over 30 years, Tom Kuehn has collected and restored mechanical musical instruments. If you thought mechanical engineers had nothing to do with making music, you have not visited the Kuehn collection of Magnificent Mechanical Music Machines. Marvel how motors, shafts, belts, and pulleys are used to play pianos, pipe organs, violins, xylophones, and more. These machines provided live musical entertainment in homes and commercial venues using prearranged tunes on non-electronic digital storage media including pinned cylinders, projections from rotating disks, punched cardboard, and perforated paper rolls.
Bring your lawn chairs if you wish to spend time listening to the Wurlitzer carousel organ playing outdoors. Music includes show tunes such as “The Music Man” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” songs from 1970s TV shows such as All in the Family and Welcome Back, Kotter and, of course, old favorites such as “In the Good Old Summertime” and “A Bicycle Built for Two.”
Parking on Williams Wood Road is limited. Guests are requested to park on Hallam Avenue and walk the 300 feet up Williams Wood Road to the Kuehn home, the fourth house on the left. There will be several parking spots available next to the house for those with limited mobility.