The Old Main 150th Anniversary Celebration

Video featuring General John H. Tilelli, Jr., U.S. Army (Ret.), Chairman of the Widener University Board of Trustees

On Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 4:30 PM, Widener University celebrated the 150th anniversary of Old Main first opening its doors to students and faculty. Nearly 100 faculty, alumni, and students attended a  free program exploring the place of Old Main in the history of Chester, Widener, and PMC.  Later, nearly 50 special guests were among the first to tour the building, view historical photographs, and visit with volunteers and fellow alumni who attended Widener during the PMC era.

This celebration was part of Widener Homecoming 2018, and the building was opened to the public on Friday, October 12th and Saturday, October 13th.  As a special exhibit, staff from the PMC Museum and the Widener University archives assembled a cadet's quarters using period clothing, polo gear, and PMC uniforms to recreate the experience of living in Old Main.

This sesquicentennial celebration has opened a new opportunity: the chance to support Old Main for the next 150 years. Widener has established a fund specifically to provide for the maintenance and upkeep of Old Main. Donors will have the opportunity to place the names of former residents next to the second and third-floor dormitory rooms. Additional naming opportunities exist for those who wish to make a transformative gift in support of Old Main, which was entered onto the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

We thank all who joined us - alumni, faculty, students, parents, and friends - in celebration and support of the most iconic building on the Widener campus, and we hope you will take advantage of the opportunity to ensure another 150 years of experiences in Old Main.

To make a gift in support of the Old Main Fund and learn about available naming opportunities, visit our online gift form or contact a staff member.

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