Bell Ringers to be Honored by TAUNY

CANTON — The St. Lawrence University bell ringers will be honored by the Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) with a Heritage Award at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13 in the Laurentian Room at the Best Western Canton.

St. Lawrence bell ringers have been ringing the Bacheller Memorial Chimes at Gunnison Memorial Chapel since 1926. Varick Chittenden ’63, senior folklorist and director of special projects for TAUNY, said the bell ringers embody the theme of heritage by continuing a long-honored tradition.

“We normally recognize individuals and groups who are masters of traditional activities and pass down that knowledge to future generations,” Chittenden said. “The tradition of the St. Lawrence bell ringers is of students teaching other students how to play the bells since the 1920s. St. Lawrence is layered in tradition, and this is one that is more noticeable to the greater public.”

The bells are normally played daily at 5 p.m. However, the ringing of the bells has been temporarily suspended due to a fire at the chapel on Oct. 6. University officials say that the fire, however, did not damage the bells.

The award ceremony will be followed by a reception, both of which are open to the general public.

At 4:30 p.m. on Sunday at the chapel in St. Lawrence's Atwood Hall, Christopher Kenney ’96 will give a presentation on the history of the Bacheller Memorial Chimes and of the bell ringers.

For more information, visit TAUNY.

Read the Watertown Daily Times article on the TAUNY Heritage Award for the St. Lawrence University bell ringers.