The first permanent building built by EAA on the
newly expanded grounds
rustic chapel was donated to EAA by former Board member Bob Fergus of
Columbus, Ohio. He gave the chapel as a memorial to his brother, John,
in 1981. The chapel is the first permanent building built by EAA on the
newly expanded grounds. Prior to that, convention activity had been
limited to the area of the flight line.
The chapel is listed in the
county office as a "meeting hall", and rightly so, since
without pews it resembles an old New England meeting hall, many of which
feature large fireplaces such as Fergus. The pews were rescued from an
old country church and brought here by Paul Poberezny. Refinished and
installed, they give the chapel the appearance of a typical rural
Wisconsin church. The unique collection plate is another of Paul's
Outside the chapel is the EAA
Memorial Wall. The name plaques are in memory of members and friends
of EAA who have passed on.
To the east, opposite the
Memorial Wall is Compass Hill.
Other appointments in the
chapel are gifts from members and friends of EAA. The altar and lectern
were made in the wood shop by EAA employees who were also the builders
of the chapel. The stained glass windows are the gift of another Board
member, John Beetham. John's daughter designed and created the windows,
which are a memorial to John's mother.
The chapel study is a recent
addition. It is named as a memorial for Audrey Poberezny's mother,
Lillian Ruesch. The stained glass windows in the study are dedicated to
Paul's parents, Jettie and Peter Poberezny. Peter was the first EAA
docent. In addition to serving as a chapel office, the study is a quiet
retreat where the chaplains can bring those who are in any kind of
emergency situation and need a quiet place to gather themselves.
The office desk served as the
first desk used when EAA was founded. Steve Wittman donated his office
chair, which he used for many years in his hangar office. Steve also
donated the aviation art which decorates the walls of the study.
The chapel setting is perfect
for weddings, baptisms, or memorial services. Map
of Fergus Chapel location.