Galbreath Chapel To Reopen After Two Years Of Renovation

By
Atish Baidya

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Updated Wed, Dec 11, 2013 2:14 pm
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Galbreath Chapel at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio

Ohio University's Helen Mauck Galbreath Memorial Chapel will reopen Tuesday.

The chapel has been closed since December 2011.  Renovations included the installation of a new elevator to make the space compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, roof replacement and repairs and repainting and recarpeting of the basement.

The chapel will be available for personal prayer and meditation. It will also function as a venue for memorial services, bar mitzvahs, receptions and christenings, as well as organ concerts, musical programs, poetry readings, religions drama, liturgical dance and exhibitions of religious art.

The chapel is most well known as a wedding venue, as it is the only one on campus.

"It holds a special place in some of our alumni's hearts," Dusty Kilgour, Ohio University executive director of event services said. "I'm so excited to have them come back and use it for that purpose."

The Galbreath Memorial Chapel was built in 1957 as a gift from Ohio University alumnus John Galbreath. The chapel is named in memory of his first wife, Helen Mauck Galbreath, whom he met while both were students at Ohio University. Located on College Green, the chapel is said to mark the spot where the two shared their first kiss.

The chapel will open with an informal open house reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10. Light refreshments and appetizers will be served.

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