Not all anniversaries are the same. Our 175th will be like none before
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
Black tie banquet
Here is a brief look at Williamsburg in the late 1770s in a "home movie" of an old friend's visit with Patrick Henry. Please stay with it through the credits.
Did you know.. ... that the first Greek letter secret society
on a college campus was founded in Williamsburg? It was Phi Beta Kappa,
which began as a secret society and became the academic honors society many
decades later. On a December evening in 1776, five College of William and
Mary students, led by 15-year old John Heath who became their first president,
walked almost a mile to the Raleigh Tavern on Duke of Gloucester Street and met
in the Apollo Room to found their new society.
Until this night, campus
societies often had Latin names – if their names were publicly known at
all. But it is often noted that John Heath was possibly the best Greek
scholar in the college, which may explain the shift which has dominated such
fraternities since that evening. It is not difficult to trace Chi Psi’s
lineage to those young men who both had the initiative to form a new secret
society and turned to Greek as well. During our 175th Anniversary Celebration,
everyone will have an opportunity to see the Apollo Room in the rebuilt Raleigh
Tavern – a site which was home to many important events in American history
during the 1770s, including this one which is certainly of interest to Chi
you missed the first "Did you know . . . ?” story about the Lodge in
Williamsburg, please click
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.