A Golden Anniversary
On August 14, 1970, 50 years ago, today, after a summer of searching and negotiating, Phi Mu Alpha moved into a gracious 14-room home on five acres of rolling woodland in Evansville, Indiana. This would mark the first time in its 72-year history that the Sinfonia established its own National Headquarters. The headquarters later acquired the name “Lyrecrest,” named after the Fraternity’s musical foundation and the property’s placement on the crest of a hill, at the suggestion of Executive Secretary Alan E. Adams and Assistant Executive Secretary Gerald Bordner shortly after Lyrecrest was formally opened.
Since 1970, thousands of Brothers have come to visit the place Sinfonians call home. The staff has grown and changed in function and role over the past fifty years, as a permanent headquarters allowed Sinfonia to expand its programs and offerings. And though additions and renovations have changed Lyrecrest throughout the years, it remains a “home away from home” for Brothers across the country, and a fitting symbol of our Fraternity’s endurance and legacy.