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Galbreath Memorial Chapel to reopen with Dec. 10 open house

Ohio University's Helen Mauck Galbreath Memorial Chapel will reopen with an informal open house reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10. Light refreshments and appetizers will be served.

The chapel is set to reopen after a period of closure for renovations. Improvements on the venue include roof replacement and repairs, repainting and recarpeting of the basement and a redesign of some of the basement rooms. Most notably, an elevator was installed to make the space compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, said Dusty Kilgour, Ohio University executive director of event services.

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," Kilgour 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.

Jan. 3, 2014, is the first date that the renovated chapel will hold events. Event Services is currently accepting reservation requests for that date through July 31, 2014.