Boe Chapel Construction News
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Holtkamp Organ Company workshop photographs added to the photo gallery.
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Early Sunday morning, September 4, 2005, St. Olaf College's Boe Chapel was struck by lightning. The bolt caused structural damage and silenced Boe's organ. The opening worship service for the academic year was held a few hours later. Pastor Bruce Benson said he was "grateful for the cheery Sunday worship service vocals and beautiful piano accompaniment" which soon filled the chapel.
St. Olaf College had already contracted with the Holtkamp Organ Company of Ohio to build a new organ and the lightning strike simply sped up the process.
Holtkamp Organ Company will first design and then build the front organ by the fall of 2006. The smaller, rear organ will be completed a year later.Boe Chapel's Schlicker Organ 1987 recording
Boe Chapel's Schlicker Organ, as reworked by Holtkamp Organ Company. 1990 recording
Lightning has struck St Olaf College at least once before. President Mohn watched lightning dance...More >>