Ann Arbor News, November 23, 1975
CELEBRATION - Differences between predominantly black Protestant churches and other local churches are both superficial and profound. News' Religion Editor Glenn Gilbert takes a look in this series of stories. Above, Bethel AME Church organist Barbara Moore expresses joy during Sunday service. At right is the Rev. Emmett L. Green of Ann Arbor's Second Baptist Church.
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Ben Helmke grew up on a farm in Pratt County, Kansas in the 1930s. He served as an organist in the Army chaplain’s office at Camp Schimmelpfennig (now Camp Sendai) in Japan. Helmke graduated from Hastings College and McCormick Seminary and got his masters in social work from the University of Michigan. He and his wife Polly raised three children and he started his own mental health clinic. Late in life, he came out as gay to his wife and children. He lived happily with his partner Len Quenon for 25 years.
Ben Helmke was interviewed by students from Skyline High School in Ann Arbor in 2016 as part of the Legacies Project.
Ann Arbor News, April 8, 1950
Little Elizabeth Ann Fawcett of 1505 Anderson St., probably Ann Arbor's youngest organist, is seated before the electric organ at Trinity Lutheran Church where she will play tomorrow morning during special church school Easter services. She is only eight years old. (Story on page 11)
Ann Arbor News, January 12, 1973
Sister Lorraine Therese Plays Organ at Glacier Way
Ann Arbor News, September 25, 1971
Miss Stachlewitz Partial To Gregorian Chant