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Fort Sill chapel celebrates 140th anniversary

Fort Sill's oldest chapel is celebrating 140 years of continued services. (Source KSWO) Fort Sill's oldest chapel is celebrating 140 years of continued services. (Source KSWO)
Fort Sill's oldest chapel is celebrating 140 years of continued services. (Source KSWO) Fort Sill's oldest chapel is celebrating 140 years of continued services. (Source KSWO)
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FORT SILL, OK (KSWO) -The oldest house of worship in the state of Oklahoma is celebrating its 140th anniversary. 

The Old Post Chapel was built on Fort Sill in 1875 by the 10th Calvary Buffalo Soldiers, and has been open and actively holding services ever since. To commemorate the anniversary of the historic building, Fort Sill chaplains are hosting a daily open house through Christmas Eve.

Dozens of people have entered the doors of the Old Post Chapel recently to take a trip back in time to learn the history behind the stained glass windows.

Chaplain Patrick Basal says even how the Buffalo Soldiers built the chapel is a story in its own.

“The structure changes if you look at the outside just above the windows. They had a nice building time frame and then all of a sudden winter started to set in so they were in a hurry to finish the building, and you can see how the bricks and stuff are smaller and thrown together to get the roof on," Maj. Basal explained.

Chaplain Aaron Oliver says since the roof has been on, there have been countless services that have served people from all walks of the faith.

"We've had many different religious service here, from Catholic to Jewish to Mormon and we currently have a Liturgical congregation with Anglicans and Lutherans, so we offer something for everyone I think," Capt. Oliver said.

The chapel was known as the center of post in the early 1900s, and used to hold masquerade balls. It even served as a school for the children of the officers on post. No matter what the use of the old chapel, it has been a constant for the soldiers.

"That comfort and that solace they know when they come in the doors here that they will find kind of a little bit of home for them. It helps them with their training to get through their service, so we offer that support, but we are also on a building legacy,” Capt. Oliver said.

The very first service at the chapel was held on Christmas Eve. To continue that legacy, the chapel will hold a candlelight ceremony Christmas Eve at 7:30 p.m. Following the service, there will be time to fellowship on the lawn outside with music from the Army Band.

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