Memorial Chapel, 1920The Memorial Chapel was built in 1918 at a cost of $125,000, funded entirely by subscriptions from Appleton citizens, alumni, and friends of the college. A formal dedication ceremony was held on December 17, 1918. The Chapel was dedicated in memory of Helen Fairfield Naylor, Myra Goodwin Plantz, and Lawrentians killed in the war which had ended just one month earlier. The building was originally intended to serve as the center of religious life for the college as well as a civic space for large meetings and concerts. Over time, the Chapel has hosted a wide variety of musicians, performers, and guest speakers, in addition to many concerts and recitals by Lawrence students and faculty.

In celebration of the Chapel's 100th anniversary, the LU Archives presents two projects featuring a selection of guest performers from the past 100 years. Both projects were completed by Archives student assistant Robert Desotelle '18.

Timeline

An interactive timeline featuring information and archival materials on a selection of guest performers:

A screenshot that links out to the interactive timeline

Spotify Playlist

This "Memorial Chapel: 100 Years of Guest Performers" Spotify playlist features an expanded selection of musicians who have performed in the Chapel over the past 100 years. These include classical and jazz musicians as well as popular music groups. The songs chosen for the playlist represent works which were included in each artist's program at the Chapel.

1. December 11, 1923: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
2. November 17, 1924: John Philip Sousa
3. April 5, 1930: Vladimir Horowitz
4. April 15, 1940: Artur Rubinstein
5. December 5, 1941: Marian Anderson
6. April 8, 1943: Isaac Stern
7. October 13, 1944: Dorothy Maynor
8. October 29, 1954: Trapp Family Singers
9. February 24, 1955: Michael Rabin
10. March 5, 1958: Leontyne Price
11. February 5, 1959: Dave Brubeck Quartet
12. May 13, 1960: Louis Armstrong
13. May 2, 1961: Ella Fitzgerald
14. October 25, 1962: Miriam Makeba
15. November 17, 1963: Moscow Chamber Orchestra
16. November 16, 1964: Pete Seeger
17. March 7, 1966: The Byrds
18. May 23, 1969: Frank Zappa
19. April 6, 1972: Olivier Messiaen
20. November 2, 1973: Count Basie
21. March 7, 1975: Bill Evans Trio
22. April 7, 1978: Marian McPartland
23. November 10, 1984: Bobby McFerrin
24. October 25, 1985: Canadian Brass
25. March 14, 1986: Yo-Yo Ma
26. November 13, 1987: Dizzy Gillespie
27. April 20, 1990: Joshua Bell
28. May 3, 1996: Janos Starker
29. November 14, 1997: Diana Krall
30. February 21, 1998: Chick Corea
31. February 23, 2008: Cantus
32. March 10, 2013: Audra McDonald

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