Pullman holds wine-tasting to help church with restoration project

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 March 2016 at 12:00 am

ALBION – Ryan Brodesser, right, of Clarendon and Thad Maxwell of Hamlin play music on Saturday night at the Pullman Memorial Universalist Church for the third annual “Pullman Pours” wine-tasting event.

Several local wineries and food vendors were part of the event, which aims to raise money for the church’s restoration efforts, including a new roof and foundation repairs.

Pullman Memorial this year is celebrating the 125th anniversary of the congregation’s formation. Pullman Memorial was officially chartered in August 1891.

Railroad magnate George Pullman, who grew up Albion, challenged the new congregation to raise $5,000 towards a new building and he would cover the remaining cost.

The local community met the $5,000 challenge and Pullman spared no expense in the building, including more than 40 Tiffany stained-glass windows. The church opened in January 1895.

Pullman Memorial would like to have several renovation and restoration projects done by 2020, the 125th anniversary of the church building.

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