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 will kick off the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Old Main first opening its doors to students and faculty. Thursday's festivities will feature a free program exploring the place of Old Main in Widener/PMC's history, followed at 5:15 PM by a ticketed reception ($50 per person) for our alumni and friends who would like to be among the first to tour the building, view historical photographs, and visit with volunteers who attended Widener during the PMC era.

Due to the threat of rain, the public event has been moved to Alumni Auditorium.

Light refreshments will be served at the 4:30 public event, and the private gallery opening at 5:15 will feature a fall-themed buffet, dessert, and drinks.

This celebration will be part of Widener Homecoming 2018, and will culminate in Old Main being converted to a living museum, open to the public on Friday, October 12 and the morning of Saturday, October 13.

This sesquicentennial celebration also brings 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.

We hope you will join us - alumni, faculty, students, parents, and friends - in celebration and support of the most iconic building on the Widener campus.

The public event will feature a welcome by Widener - PMC Alumni Association president Andrew Elia '04, speeches by alumnus Ron Romanowicz PMC '68 and local historian David Guleke on the role of Old Main for cadets and within the Chester community, and a closing speech about Old Main and its importance today by Widener President Dr. Julie E. Wollman.

Registration has closed, but you are welcome to attend.  Simply check in at the door!

For more information, please contact Jessica Prince, Assistant Director of Alumni Initiatives, by email at


Registration has closed; however, all are welcome to the public celebration!  To attend the private reception, you are welcome to register and pay at the door.  For more information about Homecoming, visit our 2018 Homecoming site. To make a gift in support of the Old Main Fund, visit our online gift form or contact a staff member.


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