Summer Series: Chapel in the Hills
June 14, 2019 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Enjoy our Summer Series - presentations on Black Hills figures or events packed with history and fun! Each presentation lasts an hour, including a Q&A.
On June 14, join Brian Kringen, who manages the Chapel with his wife Joyce, as he celebrates 50 years of ministry in the Black Hills. Learn more about Rapid City's hidden jewel that serves as a community ambassador to many.
You might also know the Chapel by “Stavkirke,” which means a stave church - a medieval wooden church building once common in Norway. The Chapel in the Hills is an exact replica of the Borgund Stavkirke in Norway.
Kringen’s discussion will include the influence of Norwegian immigrants and the significance of the Chapel’s architecture. In addition to the Chapel itself, there are other buildings and additions to the grounds that add to the unique setting.
The Chapel started out in 1969 as a home for “Lutheran Vespers,” a radio ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The program was first aired on station WNAX in Yankton, South Dakota in 1947.
Kringen has been associated with the Chapel since 1982 when he helped Rev. Jim Hanson move to Rapid City to become the Chapel pastor. In 2016, Kringen and his wife Joyce moved back to Rapid City to assume full-time management duties.
A native of Aberdeen, South Dakota, Kringen taught middle school science for 25 years. Prior to that, he served as a church youth director, worked for the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, and served in the U.S. Peace Corps in West Africa.
Admission for a Summer Series event is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and half-off for members. Call 394-6923 to reserve seats.
Theater map below. Seats marked ADA indicate wheelchair accessibility. Blue seats indicate space for foldout chairs, but ADA needs take first priority.
SUMMER SERIES SCHEDULE
Friday, June 14 at 5 p.m.: Celebrating 50 Years of the Chapel in the Hills
Friday, June 21 at 5 p.m.: Musical Experience by Hank Harris
Tuesday, June 25 at 2 p.m.: Battle of Greasy Grass
Friday, June 28 at 5 p.m.: Burros in Custer State Park
Friday, July 5 at 5 p.m.: James Webb Space Telescope
Friday, July 12 at 5 p.m.: 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission
Friday, July 19 at 5 p.m.: Custer Expedition
Friday, July 26 at 5 p.m.: The Back Porch - A Legend of Rock 'N Roll
Friday, Aug. 2 at 5 p.m.: Nuggets and Neutrinos