Current Bell Restoration Projects

We help preserve architectural heritage by funding projects that refurbish and restore bells of historic, cultural, or community importance. Will you raise bell with us? Donate to support our bell restoration projects. Together, we can set them ringing again.

Cover image: Workmen from B.A. Sunderlin Bellfoundry take possession of the historic bell at Georgetown Lutheran Church ahead of restoration and preservation work commissioned by the National Bell Festival.

Georgetown Lutheran Bell

To commemorate the congregation’s 250th year, the National Bell Festival partnered with Georgetown Lutheran Church to restore their historic bell on Wisconsin Ave. in Washington, D.C. An original bell was removed from the tower and sold to pay off debts incurred during the Civil War, with a new bell brought to the church in 1937. Are these two bells one and the same? Explore the enigmatic history of the bells at Georgetown Lutheran Church and follow along in the restoration process.

The National Bell Festival would like to thank B.A. Sunderlin Bellfoundry for their exceptional work in preserving this bell of historic importance.

Image: Congregants read the dedication to the newly-restored bell at Georgetown Lutheran Church in Washington, D.C.