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Barhydt Chapel wedding photos sought for display

Mar 28, 2013
LEDGER PHOTO A Bovard Studio Inc. stained-glass window installer works on the Barhydt Chapel angels window at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. The convention center board is seeking Barhydt Chapel wedding ceremony photos for a special display during the window dedication ceremony April 28.

The Fairfield Arts & Convention Center is looking for photos of wedding ceremonies that took place in the Barhydt Chapel on the Parsons College campus — or in later years — the Maharishi International University, and then Maharishi University of Management.

The photos will be used for a special display during the upcoming dedication ceremony of the Barhydt Chapel stained-glass “angels window” in the southeast window of the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, where the Parsons College Alumni Hall is located, explained Suzan Kessel, a member of the convention center board.

Kessel and the board members are hoping couples, such as Doug and Wanda Bagby of Fairfield who were married Oct. 7, 1972, in the Barhydt Chapel, will share their ceremony memories for the exhibit.

Kessel said wedding photos, either black-and-white or color, can be scanned or copied and sent to her by email or mail in the next couple of weeks.

Scanned photos can be emailed to Kessel at suzan1252@aol.com.

Copied photos can be mailed to her at 412 Heatherwood Circle, Fairfield 52556.

“These should be copies only and will not be returned, but included in our Parsons archives,” said Kessel.

Kessel asked for the names of people in the photo and the date to be provided, also.

The photos will be on display in the Parsons College Alumni Hall for the window dedication ceremony and throughout the spring and summer season.

The dedication ceremony of the recently restored 100-year-old window will take place at 6 p.m. April 28 at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.

When M.U.M. officials had the 89-year-old Late Gothic-style chapel razed in 2001, several components, such as stained-glass windows, memorial plaques, pews, lighting fixtures and the pipe organ, were salvaged.

Several of those items, like the two-story tall stained-glass angels window and the pipe organ, were saved to be incorporated into the convention center, which was being designed at that time.

Several other saved items were incorporated into community facilities. Two smaller stained-glass windows were used in the chapel of the new Jefferson County Health Center and another can be found at First United Presbyterian Church. The Barhydt Chapel’s corner stone was used in a memorial bench structure at the corner of Court Street and Washington Avenue, outside the Carnegie Building.

Bovard Studio Inc. stored the large angels window until enough money was raised to fund its restoration and installation into the convention center.

Local fund-raising efforts and a $25,000 matching-fund grant from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs accounted for more than $70,000 of the $75,000 needed to complete the project. The convention center board of directors is seeking the remaining funds through private donations.

Stained-glass window installers from Bovard Studio put the angels window panels in place during October.

Kessel said the colorful window is “a real crowning touch for the center.”

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