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175th Anniversary Celebration
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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 flag shown in the 175th Anniversary Celebration logo was the first true American flag?

Called the Grand Union Flag, the flag was used to show the 13 colonies via the 13 stripes while also incorporating the link to Britain with the British flag in the canton on the upper left. Records indicate that it was first flown in December 1775 when it was hoisted above the USS Alfred in Philadelphia harbor by then-Lieutenant John Paul Jones. The flag is also thought to have been raised on New Year’s Day 1776 near George Washington’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Grand Union flag continued as the unofficial flag after the Declaration of Independence until the Flag Act of 1777, enacted on June 14 of that year (which remains Flag Day in the US), made the stars-and-stripes the official flag, beginning with the circle of 13 stars in the blue field of the canton. Note that the British flag in the canton of the Grand Union Flag is not today’s familiar Union Jack since the Irish cross had not yet been added to it.


The Grand Union Flag alternates with the British flag over the Capitol Building in CW, depending on what year is the feature of activities in the Historic Area that week. But we chose the Grand Union Flag for the logo because, after all, this is America now – not a set of British colonies!


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

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