GEORGIA TCU SPECIAL THANKS 58th AutoZone Liberty Bowl | 183 WELCOME BOWL EVENTS HONORS BOWL HISTORY THE BELL BEHIND THE BOWL Pennsylvania is well known as the home of the Liberty Bell. But it’s also the home of the company behind the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Trophy. Headquartered in Sellersville, Penn., Schulmerich Bells is the world’s leading manufacturer of handbells, cast bells and electronic bell carillon instruments. Ties to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl are strong – not only because of the company’s product line, but because of its location along the Liberty Trail, the site of a dramatic chapter in Liberty Bell history. Just months after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, with British occupation of Philadelphia imminent, the bell was taken down and moved under the cover of night along the Liberty Trail from Philadelphia to Bethlehem, traveling past the site where Schulmerich Bells is now located. The wagon transporting the 2,000-pound bell broke down in Bethlehem, and, for a moment, the mission was in doubt. Soon, however, a second wagon arrived to take the bell to nearby Allentown, where it was hidden beneath the floor of the Zion Reformed Congregation Church. The bell remained there until the British evacuated Philadelphia a year later. The Liberty Bell Trophy produced by Schulmerich is an authentic, one-quarter-size replica of the bell that rang in Independence Hall to announce the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It has the same nicked edges, foundry marks, misspelled inscription and even the famous crack – all crafted to maintain the integrity of the original in every detail. Cast in traditional bronze, the bell was painted black. The replica bell measures 12 inches in diameter and 11-½ inches in height, including the crown. It is bolted to a handmade wooden yoke and swings on legs cast with the filigree design that appears on the original mounting. Schulmerich’s involvement in cast bells is by no means limited to the replica produced for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Trophy. Since its founding in 1935, the company has installed thousands of cast bell instruments, from single bells to huge 61-bell carillons. Today, the majestic sound of Schulmerich cast-bell music can be heard from churches, universities, memorial parks, commercial buildings and public places around the world. Throughout the years, Schulmerich has gained a reputation not only for outstanding craftsmanship and quality but for product innovation. All Schulmerich bell instruments combine old-world craftsmanship with the latest technological innovations, including computer-aided design and high-tech manufacturing and quality-control techniques. A bell can be more than a musical instrument, more than a means of communication, more than a sound that calls us to worship. A bell can be a symbol, a bell can be a special spiritual sound, a bell can be magic. The Liberty Bell has that symbolic, spiritual magic. It’s been a long journey from that dark night along the Liberty Trail in 1777, and Schulmerich is proud to be associated with the 58th AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
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