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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.


Friday, June 7 at 5 p.m.: Eyes of the Storm
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

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The Journey Museum is currently in Winter Hours:

Winter Hours

(October 1st – April 30th)
10 AM – 5 PM Monday through Saturday
1 PM – 5 PM Sundays

Summer Hours

(May 1st – September 30th)
9 AM – 6 PM Monday through Saturday
11 AM – 5 PM Sundays


All individual admissions are good for two days with receipt.

Museum General Admission:

Adults (ages 18+) $10
Seniors (ages 62+) $8
Students (ages 6 – 17) $7
Children 5 & under FREE with family

Groups (10+ people):

$7 per person

Tour guides available. Please call (605) 394-6923 one week prior to visit to schedule.

Education Groups (12+ students):

$3 per student (all students 18 and under)
$5 College Students

Chaperones are requested. Special pricing will be extended to adult chaperones.

Tour guides available. Please call (605) 394-6923 one week prior to visit to schedule.