Jonathan Bischoff 26 May 2006

Alumni Memorial Chapel Site Visit

26 May 2006

J. Bischoff

If one were traveling through campus one could easily miss the ivy covered Alumni Memorial Chapel located on Dormitory Road.  The building was built in 1950 and dedicated in 1951 by Michigan State College president, John Hannah.  Above the double wooden doors a sign reads, “In Honor of Those Who Served Their Country and in Memory of Those Who Made the Supreme Sacrifice.”  Just below that sign is a cement picture with an engraving that reads, “Pax Amitas.”  Or “Dedicated to Those Who Love Peace.’  Names of students who served and died are engraved in cement walls within the chapel.

The chapel serves as an interfaith place of worship for multiple religions.  The structure of the chapel is Anglican style, a style popular in England.  The chapel is used now for funerals and weddings.  Although it was used for services a few years ago, it is not currently being used by many religious groups for regular services.  Within the walls of the church are fragments or chunks of pieces of other cathedrals in Europe that were brought back by troops in World War Two.  One particular piece was from Notre Dame Cathedral.  Others were from Munich, Nuremburg, and other European Cities.

Stained glass windows in front of the church read, “Religion, Brotherhood, and Patriotism.”  Others are expressing unity and diversity and educational programs.  Students who left Michigan State College were from all religions so it is only fitting that the chapel not be associated or reflective of a single religion but to attempt to accommodate them all.

Jonathan Bischoff

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