Oahe Chapel Preservation Society

Oahe Chapel Bell Tower

The Oahe Chapel Preservation Society maintains and preserves the Chapel for the public's enjoyment. They are charged with the care, renovation, restoration, maintenance, and public utilizations of the Chapel.

The Society was created in 1984 when a group of local citizens joined together to save the Chapel after it was condemned for structural problems. A major restoration was completed in 1988 with donations and volunteer labor, plus the assistance of the South Dakota State Historical Society and the State Historic Preservation Office.

Since the initial restoration, the Oahe Chapel has been painted several times, the roof has been reshingled, some pews and the bell tower have been repaired, and the windows have been restored.

Cleaning the Chapel Cleaning the Chapel
Cleaning the Chapel
Oahe Chapel Board members clean the Chapel before summer services start.

In 1986 the Porter-Putman trust was established in memory of Robert Paul Porter and Stella Putman Porter, who were longtime residents of the Pierre area. The interest from this fund along with rental fees, membership fees, and donations are used to maintain the Chapel.

You can join in preserving the Chapel by becoming a member of or donating to the Oahe Chapel Preservation Society. All donations are tax deductible where allowed by law and are greatly appreciated. For a membership/donation form, please click here.

The Board of Directors has ten members. Nine are elected from the membership with the tenth being the current president of the Pierre-Fort Pierre Ministerial Association or their representative. Board elections are held at the spring annual meeting. Below is a list of current Board members.

2017 Board Members

Bruce Johnson

Kate Nelson
Vice President
Kate Nelson
Acting Secretary
Cindy Snow

Rev. David Hussey
Pierre-Ft. Pierre Ministerium Rep.

Jim Glover
Mary Jo Gourneau Lori Hall
Jennifer Hanna Vacant position
Vacant position Phil Sheffield
Corps of Engineers Advisor

For more information on the Oahe Chapel Preservation Society, contact us at PO Box 7201, Pierre, SD 57501 or 605-773-3458 or