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50 years ago

Sept. 11, 1969

Dedication ceremonies will be held Sunday, September 14 for Hartwick College’s Edward W, Shineman Sr. Chapel House.

Beginning with a 3 p.m. ceremony at the entrance to the chapel, the building will be dedicated and cornerstone laid by the officiating clergyman, The Rev. Frank H. Shimer of Canajoharie, a member of the Hartwick Board of Trustees.

The second part of the program will be held indoors when the Morris C. Skinner Chapel Room is dedicated.

The chapel house was made possible through a gift by the late Mr. Edward W. Shineman Sr. of Canajoharie in memory of his wife, Bertelle.

Friends of the late Dr. Morris C. Skinner of Albany, contributed funds for the worship room to be named in his memory. Dr. Skinner served for a 14 year period as chairman of the Hartwick College Board of Trustees.

Built by Neil R. Nielsen, Inc. of Oneonta at a cost of $210,000, the 7,670 square foot Georgian brick structure houses, in addition to the Morris C. Skinner Chapel Room, the Chaplain’s office, a seminar room, the college’s counseling center and a social room.

Through a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe C. Briggs of Oneonta, the chapel will contain a pipe organ. The instrument, designed specifically for the Skinner Chapel Room, is under construction and will be installed in 1970.

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