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Nelis’ Dutch Village Sends 109-year-old Street Organ to Netherlands for World-class Restoration

After owning the Golden Angel Dutch street organ ​for 50 years, Nelis’ Dutch Village chose to celebrate the anniversary with a major tuneup.

But the repair shop wasn’t across town, rather across the Atlantic Ocean in the Netherlands.

So last September Nelis’ Dutch Village packed the 109-year-old street organ in a huge wooden box and sent it to Leon VanLeeuwen​, the grandson of famous Netherlands organist G. Perlee​. Then over the winter he worked on repairing the internal workings of the street organ.

VanLeeuwen arrived in Holland, Mich. this week and plans to have the Golden Angel re-installed at the family amusement park by Friday – just in time for Tulip Time in May. Nelis’ Dutch Village will update the wooden pipes and carved wood exterior in coming years. Using VanLeeuwen for everything only makes sense.

“This is just phase 1 of 3 in the complete mechanical restoration of the Golden Angel,” Nelis’ Dutch Village Owner Joe Nelis​ said. “He is the preeminent Dutch street organ person in the world.”

For more information, contact Joe Nelis at (616) 836-4211​ or joe@dutchvillage.com​.