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All the latest news, information, and stories to keep you up to date on the latest happenings at McShane Bell Foundry.

Choate Rosemary Hall

Choate Rosemary Hall

    Known to have one of the best liberal arts programs in the nation, Choate Rosemary Hall has been around since 1890. It was established by Mary Atwater Choate. Nestled in Wallingford, Connecticut, this elite boarding school for grades 9-12 has had some notable alumni throughout the years. This list includes John F. Kennedy, […]

Repairing History One Bell at a Time

McShane Bell Company has produced over 300,000 bells since our beginning in 1856. Chances are that you have heard the beautiful ringing of our bells found throughout the United States. When one of those bells hits a sour note, you can be sure that our professionals are on site to keep the bells swinging for […]

Metals Used in Traditional Bell Casting

There is an unmistakable resonance that emanates from the ringing of a church bell. It’s melodious and lasting vibrations result from thousands of years of refinement. The earliest of large bells were cast in China from iron because of its abundance in the region. Cast iron is one of the hardest metals, and this makes […]

Bell Manufacturers in North America

Not all of the following foundries or companies cast bells or may be operating today: McShane Bell Company, Maryland Heights, Missouri Since the conception of the company in 1856, McShane Bell Foundry has been producing America’s finest church bells, ring peal, chimes and carillons the world has ever heard. Among our more famous handiwork are […]

Keeping the Bells Ringing

Keeping the Bells Ringing Keeping the church bells ringing

A recent CBS This Morning story celebrated the hallowed tradition of ringing church bells and highlighted McShane Bell Company’s role in keeping the tradition alive. CBS News journalist, Dana Jacobson, shared the sound and story of the bells of St. James Episcopal Church in Upper Montclair, New Jersey. The oldest and perhaps the most historical […]

19th Century Bell Restored After 1980 Fire

 “This is really nice. It’s meditative to ring a bell. Nice and chill.” –Christopher Powell, Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs at Temple Contemporary On September 4, 1980, the John B. Stetson Hat Factory in Philadelphia, PA went up in flames and burned to the ground. In the remains was the charred, 2500-pound clock tower […]

200 Year Old Bell Symbolizes a Big Victory for Former Cancer Patient

200 Year Old Bell Symbolizes a Big Victory for Former Cancer Patient

On Tuesday, January 31st, McShane Bell got to be part of a very special New Year’s celebration.  Dorine Olive rang in the new year by finishing her last round of Chemotherapy. Instead of ringing the celebratory hospital bell, Olive wanted to do something different – ring the bell at The Church of the Good Shepard […]

McShane Bell Foundry Has Moved To St. Louis, MO!

McShane Bell Foundry Has Moved To St. Louis, MO!

2019 marked a big year for McShane Bell. For centralizing of fabrication and shipping in the U.S., the team made the move from Baltimore, Maryland to St. Louis, MO. With their sights still set on providing America’s finest Church Bells, Ring Peal, Chimes, and Carillons, McShane is excited to see what their new city has to […]

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