Bells of St. Louis Church
As part of our ongoing community outreach efforts, Museum L/A will be accepting donations towards the purchase and housing of the Bells of St. Louis Church. In October of 1916, the four bells, cast in the world-famous Paccard Bell Foundry of Annecy, France, were blessed and raised into the gothic tower of St. Louis Church. The two largest bells were donated by the Provost family, the third was donated by the Dupont family, and the fourth was donated by Rev. Henri Gory, all of New Auburn. The bells were removed last year after the Diocese of Portland closed the church.
In September 2014, Mayor Jonathan LaBonte, members of the Auburn City Council, and members of the original 1915 donor families hosted the “Exhibition of the Bells” of St. Louis Church at Cote Crane Company in Auburn. The program kicked off a community campaign to raise $12,000 to purchase the bells and house them as part of a local heritage monument in the New Auburn neighborhood where they have touched the lives of so many for the past 100 years.
“Having been born and raised in this neighborhood, I’m excited about this effort,” said LaBonte. “The raising of these bells was a major milestone in the development of the New Auburn neighborhood. It brought together our Catholic community, local business leaders, and families. While these bells will no longer call people to worship, they can still play a role in drawing the neighborhood, its families and businesses, closer together.”
Individuals or organizations interested in supporting the "Bells of St. Louis" program may send donations to:
35 Canal Street
Lewiston ME 04240
Please include notation stating that the donation is for the Bells of St. Louis. Thank you for your support!