A Golden Anniversary
After the Fraternity moved into the property at 10600 Old State Road in Evansville, Indiana, the next month was spent remodeling, decorating, landscaping, installing a road sign, and getting the staff settled into place. 50 years ago, today, on September 18, 1970, a small reception was held to announce the formal opening of the National Headquarters.
The reception was hosted by then-Executive Director, Alan Adams and newly elected National President Robert Soule. Staff members greeted guests, and conducted tours to show Brothers, dignitaries, neighbors and friends of the Fraternity the fully furnished and professionally decorated rooms of the National Headquarters. Indiana Congressman Roger Zion made a special appearance and was greeted by Adams and Soule. Other guests included LeRoy Offerman (1938), charter member of the Gamma Delta Chapter at Murray State University, and Jeff Lindquist (1968) and Larry Lyles (1967) of the Epsilon Upsilon Chapter at the University of Evansville.
The formal opening marked a milestone in Phi Mu Alpha’s 72-year history as the first time that Sinfonia had established its own permanent National Headquarters.
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.
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