Stetson Chapel was dedicated on Founders Day, 1932, the 99th birthday of Kalamazoo College. It was named in honor of Dr. Herbert Lee Stetson, for many years President of the College. The Chapel, built through gifts of many students and alumni, seats 750. It was designed by architect Aymar Embury of New York City in the style of a New England meeting house with the addition of an Italianate tower. The June 1932 issue of the Kalamazoo College Bulletin includes a detail description of the chapel: "Entering through a six-columned portico one passes into the narthex, 18 feet deep and running the full width of the building. The narthex is separated from the nave by a partition of casement windows which may be opened to allow it to be used as part of the nave for seating overflow congregations. Over the narthex is a gallery of the same dimensions which is reached by stairs in the vestibules located at the north and south ends of the narthex and flanking the portico. The nave is divided by two side aisles bordered on the outside edge by rows of columns. A semi-circular chancel raised three steps terminates the western end of the nave. Over the north vestibule rises a square masonry 104 feet in height treated in a style reminiscent of the Byzantine." The chapel bells were installed in 1984. These eight English tower bells are each inscribed with "Lux Esto" and the name of a major figure in early College history. Major renovations to the Chapel in 1986 included a much-needed new acoustical system, new temperature control, new offices, and other improvements. In 1988, a new Hellmuth Wolff organ was installed to replace the 1936 original. The Chapel is located at the west end of the campus quadrangle, at the top of the hill. Its bell tower is a landmark on the Kalamazoo horizon.

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  • The Bells of Kalamazoo College: Eight Sermons for Eight Bells 

    Griffin, Gail B., 1950-; Oliver, Ian; Breneman, Judith Dodge; Dewey, Robert D., 1923-2009; Lacy, Albert; Schmeichel, Waldemar, 1938-; Koshy, Thomas; Breneman, David W., 1940- (Kalamazoo College, 1984-06-02)
    The eight sermons in this booklet were delivered in services in Stetson Chapel during the winter quarter, 1984. The Chapel series was built around the anticipated arrival, raising, and ringing of the Bells of Kalamazoo ...
  • Dedication of the Hoben Memorial Organ of Stetson Chapel 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1966-04-22)
    Program for the dedication of the Hoben Memorial Organ in April of 1966. Includes a list of participants in the dedication service and a brief description of the organ.
  • Dedication Services - Stetson Chapel 

    Powell, Agnes B. (1932-04-22)
    The dedication program for Stetson Chapel, containing a schedule and list of participants of the ceremony. A 'Dedicatory Hymn' that was contained in the program is also included.
  • Response to Greetings 

    Stetson, Herbert Lee; Powell, Agnes B. (1932-04-22)
    Booklet with a transcript of Dr. Herbert Lee Stetson's speech for the Stetson Chapel dedication held on April 22, 1932. Also included is a dedicatory hymn written by Agnes B. Powell, Class of 1900.
  • Weddings at Stetson Chapel 

    Unknown author (1992-05)
    Pamphlet listing the various options, rules, and fees of the Kalamazoo College chapel wedding service.
  • Stetson Chapel Information Pamphlet 

    Unknown author (1987)
    Informational pamphlet giving a brief history of Kalamazoo College, the bells of Kalamazoo College, the (then planned) new organ installation, the chapel building, and a list of deans of the chapel.
  • The Symbolism of Stetson Chapel 

    Phelps, T. Torrance (1932)
    Handout with the text of 'The Symbolism of Stetson Chapel' by Dr. Rev. T. Torrance Phelps, D.D. who was a minister in the Kalamazoo Congregational Church from 1923 to 1933, and then a minister for the First Church in ...
  • Kalamazoo College: The Christian Tradition 

    Unknown author (1930s)
    Pamphlet discussing the Christian policy of Kalamazoo College. The text also gives a brief overview of the Baptist missionary origins of the College in addition to providing a list of expectations and regulations for chapel ...
  • Stetson Chapel; Pencil [221] 

    Neligan, Mary Lawrence (Kalamazoo College, 2011-01-06)
  • Stetson Chapel; Watercolor 

    Littna, Victoria (Kalamazoo College, 1973)
  • Presentation and Demonstration of the New Hellmuth Wolff Opus 31 Organ in Stetson Chapel 

    Wolff, Hellmuth, 1937-; Lauder, James; Haselböck, Martin, 1954- (1988-03-03)
    This is an audio (MP3) file of the presentation and dedication of the organ in Stetson Chapel built by Hellmuth Wolff. Recorded at 8:00pm on March 3, 1988, Stetson Chapel, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Includes ...
  • Herbert Lee Stetson; Oil 

    Hodgman, Kathryn Albin (Kalamazoo College, 9999)
    Marlene Francis' Kalamazoo College history includes mention (p. 173-4) that Kathryn Hodgman was paid for a portrait of Dr. Herbert Lee Stetson. Presumably it was this portrait. Before this, the identity of the artist was ...
  • Kalamazoo College Stetson Chapel Bells Being Delivered 

    Unknown (Kalamazoo College, 1984)
    A truck delivering the eight English tower bells that were installed in Kalamazoo College's Stetson Chapel Bell Tower in 1984. The bells are each inscribed with "Lux Esto" and the name of a major figure in early College ...
  • Kalamazoo College 1947 Commencement 

    Ross, Tom (Kalamazoo College, 1947-06)
    Kalamazoo College Commencement, June 1947. This photograph shows students in caps and gowns walking up the two aisles to their seats in the front of Stetson Chapel. That year, the commencement speaker was Supreme Court ...
  • Kalamazoo College Stetson Chapel Interior 

    Unknown (Kalamazoo College, 1942)
    The interior of Kalamazoo College's Stetson Chapel in about 1942. Stetson Chapel was dedicated on Founders Day, 1932, the 99th birthday of Kalamazoo College. It was named in honor of Dr. Herbert Lee Stetson, for many years ...
  • Kalamazoo College Stetson Chapel 

    Morgan, Ward C. (Kalamazoo College, 1939)
    Kalamazoo College's Stetson Chapel, 1939. Stetson Chapel was dedicated on Founders Day, 1932, the 99th birthday of Kalamazoo College. It was named in honor of Dr. Herbert Lee Stetson, for many years President of the College. ...
  • Kalamazoo College 

    Water Wonderland Card Company (Kalamazoo College, ca. 1955)
    Color postcard view of Stetson Chapel. The card is not postmarked.
  • View of Stetson Chapel, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Mich. -- 8 

    Dexter Press, Inc. (Kalamazoo College, 1947)
    Color postcard view of Stetson Chapel.The card is postmarked August 21, 1947.
  • Stetson Chapel, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Mich. -- 47 

    E. C. Kropp Co. (Kalamazoo College, ca. 1932)
    Color postcard view of Stetson Chapel. The card is not postmarked.
  • Kalamazoo College Chapel Bells 

    Kalamazoo College; Strauss, Dhera A., 1950- (1984)
    Video and audio of the Kalamazoo College Stetson Chapel Bells. On June 2, 1984, a ring of eight English tower bells was dedicated, a generous gift from a friend of the College in honor of our 150th birthday. Each bell bears ...

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