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Not all anniversaries are the same. Our 175th will be like none before it!

Mark your calendars for the first week of August 2016 when Chi Psi will celebrate the 175th Anniversary of our founding at Union College. We will mark our own long history and look forward to our future in a uniquely historical setting for Brothers, guests and families alike.  


The cupola of the Capitol Building

The Governor's Palace, former home of
seven royal governors, Patrick Henry 
and Thomas Jefferson

Chi Psi Fraternity expresses our 
appreciation to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation for the use of its photographs.
Our 175th Anniversary Celebration will be held in Colonial Williamsburg (CW) during the first week of August 2016. Alumni, wives, guests and families are invited to join us for this week of events and activities in America’s historic triangle as we celebrate our Fraternity’s long history and hold the largest Chi Psi reunion ever. Our schedule will combine evening social events with the numerous opportunities which CW offers during the day to absorb history, relax and have an outstanding vacation.

Our celebratory events will be combined with Chi Psi’s annual Convention week events for actives and alumni who represent our Alphas and alumni organizations --
    • The Spencer Institute
    • Executive Council meeting
    • Trust Awards Dinner
    • Convention sessions
    • Black tie banquet




We encourage all Brothers to make this your family vacation destination in 2016 and to join in our celebration! Please check this page from time to time to get new and updated information about the 175th.

We welcome additional ideas as we continue to develop the plans for the 175th Anniversary Celebration. To submit an idea, please complete this short form, or email us at




Did you know...

. . . that the man who portrays Patrick Henry throughout the year in Colonial Williamsburg is a Chi Psi? Yes, he is our own Richard Schumann, Rho `80, who has been Mr. Henry in CW since 1998.

As Richard can tell you, he and his colleagues who portray the Founding Fathers such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette are not “actors” who simply repeat memorized scripts in short “plays” around CW’s Historic Area. Instead, they are experts on the men whom they portray. They must be if they are to bring history alive in the ways that they do. 


Yes, they often quote speeches and written materials of the men. For example, to listen to the last couple of minutes of Richard’s presentation of Mr. Henry’s famous “Give me liberty or give me death!” speech in March 1775, click here. But they also engage in discussions with CW visitors on a daily basis. No script can prepare Richard for how to respond to a question or how to rebut an assertion which comes from visitors like those of us who will be there in August 2016. He and his colleagues all encourage such interactions. But we must remember that we will be talking to Mr. Henry and others in the 18th rather than in our own times. You will find that Richard and, indeed, all of the men who portray the Founding Fathers and the dozens of other men and women re-enactors who portray residents of Williamsburg in the 1770s are very, very good at what they do!


By the way, watch for the fall issue of The Purple & Gold where we plan to have an interview with Richard about his undergraduate and alumni Chi Psi experiences as well as his work in CW. And if you have not already watched it, scroll up this page a bit and click on the arrow which takes you to the “home movie” taken by an old friend who tours Williamsburg with Mr. Henry.


If you missed earlier "Did you know . . . ?” items, please click here.

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