Michigan Alpha's Heritage Project Update

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A group of active chapter members recently broke opened the safe at the chapter house that had been jammed shut for at least 25 years. The actives hammered the steel hinges and pried the thick metal cover of the safe until it opened.

Although the Alumni Association would have preferred to employ professionals to open the safe, the actives' use of "old school" brute strength proved to be successful and most cost-effective. We certainly appreciate their enthusiasm and muscle.

The safe contained a treasure trove of fraternity records and publications dating back to the late 1880s. Unfortunately, some of the documents show damage from the highly destructive chapter house fire of 1971 as well as lack of climate control over the years, but we have also found well preserved documents that are more than 100 years old. The Alumni Association took possession of these materials. We are carefully reviewing them to determine what they can add to our understanding of the fraternity's long and distinguished history on campus. We plan to periodically published documents that illustrate Michigan Alpha's rich past. In 2008, the Alumni Association initiated the Heritage Project to encourage alums to share memories, pictures, old Sword & Shield newsletters, memorabilia, etc., that describe fraternity life and accomplishments. For more information, visit http://www.pdtumich.com/michalpha/heritage_project/. We will showcase Michigan Alpha's history during the 150th anniversary celebration this fall (October 31). Additionally, an all-time membership directory will be published after the sesquicentennial. If you have items to share for our historic preservation efforts, please contact the Alumni Association at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..