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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!

Welcome to the 175th Anniversary Celebration page! The first week of August 2016 is growing closer, and we have posted both the Tentative Schedule for the week and the Registration page. The Tentative Schedule will be revised in the coming weeks as more optional activities are finalized.   The Registration page also will be updated as those additional activities are finalized so that you can add them to your package after having completed your initial registration.  



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.

We invite you to review all of the material which is accessible using the buttons below if you have not done so previously. There is so much to do in the CW Historic Area and in the region that you can easily combine the 175th events with a grand summer vacation!


When you have reviewed the general information, please review the Tentative Schedule in particular and then click on the Registration button to get started.  You will find there a table of which lists all of the currently scheduled events for which you can register, the a la carte prices for those events and four packages which are priced less than the a la carte approach for the activities in each package.  After you have formally registered, you will receive email notifications when additional activities have been finalized so you can add your selections to your initial registration.


Please make your hotel reservations soon!   


You can review the options by clicking the Hotel Information button below.   Standard room reservations can then be made using the online registration service which you can access by clicking the link at the bottom of the Hotel Information page.     While Chi Psi Conventions usually are held on a college campus where nearby hotels are not busy in the summer, CW is a vacation destination, and both the Lodge and the Woodlands Hotel are likely to be full on many of the nights while we are there.  So please do not wait too long to reserve your room(s).  Also, be sure to add a day at either end just to be sure you can come early and stay late for a true vacation.  You can always revise your reservation in mid-to-late-July based on your final plans, but you may not be able to extend your stay by that time because any unused room nights in our block will be released after July 1.

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.








 Click here to register now!  

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


Shop our 175th Merchandise!





Did you know...


. . . that the men playing the fifes and drums in the banner photos on these 175th Anniversary Celebration pages actually are portraying Americans even though their uniforms seem to make them British “Red Coats”?  We have been asked why we seem to be using Red Coat re-enactors to promote the 175th.  So, here is the situation as explained by a director of the CW Fifes & Drums unit.     


“Musicians during the American Revolution wore the reverse of the infantry that they supported.  Troops of the Virginia State Garrison Regiment (the unit we represent), wore blue coats with red facings (collar and cuffs) while the musicians’ coats are red with blue collars and cuffs.  This identified them as non-combatants for the opposing army and easily identified them for their commanders in the field.  This was a standard practice of European armies during this time period.”


Selection to become a member of this unit in Colonial Williamsburg is a highly competitive process and is a much-sought-after honor among young people ages 10 to 18 in the Williamsburg community.   The work is demanding.  Also, we understand that it is a very emotional moment when a member reaches age 18 and must “retire” from the unit’s active roster.   Reunions of the unit’s alumni of all ages (it been in existence since 1958) are very popular events.   To read an overview of the unit,  click here .   You can then click the links on the left side of that article to read more about their instruments, their uniforms and their leadership.



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