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The State of Indiana

Many Phi Gams refer to Indiana as our "heartland" due to the age and prominence of its many undergraduate and graduate chapters. Our first two graduate chapters began in West Lafayette and Indianapolis. Nine undergraduate chapters have called the state home, including our oldest continuously operating chapter (Lambda at DePauw).

Indiana also claims many famous Fijis, from noted authors to politicians, including three governors of Indiana and two US vice-presidents.

Also see our Indianapolis historic sites page.

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Greencastle, Indiana

Indiana Asbury University (now DePauw University)

1867 Convention

The Philological Hall at Indiana Asbury University saw nine chapters meet at the 1867 convention. Located on the third floor of the college building, the hall housed one of the school's two literary societies. Public exercises occurred in the University chapel on the first floor. Famed historian John Clark Ridpath (DePauw 1863) spoke.

The college "edifice" was completed in 1842 and was DePauw's only building until the 1870s. It was later enlarged, renamed West College, and housed the preparatory school; it was razed in the 1930s. On the same site now stands West Library.

Phi Gamma Delta's first chapter in Indiana opened at Asbury in 1856. Lambda Chapter closed shortly afterward, and was reestablished the following year. Lambda is Phi Gamma Delta's oldest continuously operating chapter.

DePauw University
Greencastle, Indiana

West Baden Springs postcard
West Baden Springs Hotel Interior 

West Baden Springs, Indiana

West Baden Springs Hotel

1927 Ekklesia

December 28-31, 1927 saw 355 brothers convene at this resort, known for nearby mineral springs and the hotel's architecture.

This hotel was built in 1902 and called "The Eighth Wonder of the World." At the time of the Ekklesia the interior Pompeian court was the largest single room on the planet. The hotel failed during the Great Depression. A series of private colleges then occupied the property until 1983.

In 1996 Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana began a thirty million dollar renovation and spent ten years trying to secure a buyer for the vacant structure.  Since 2007 it has been open as a luxury hotel as part of the The French Lick Resort Casino.

West Baden Springs, Indiana

French Lick Resort, from a postcard

French Lick, Indiana

Sheraton-French Lick Resort Hotel

1964 Ekklesia

The 1964 Ekklesia chartered chapters at Emory University, Arizona State, and General Motors Institute (now Kettering University).

French Lick is noted for its nearby mineral springs (hence this hotel and the nearby West Baden Springs Hotel, site of the 1927 Ekklesia). It is also noted for its politicians; here, Franklin Roosevelt announced his presidential candidacy.

The original pre-Civil War hotel on this site burned in 1897. The hotel is situated on the Hoosier National Forest.

French Lick Springs Resort and Spa
8670 West State Road 56
French Lick, Indiana

"Beachwood," Home of Zeta Chapter at Indiana University

Bloomington, Indiana

Indiana University

Site of Fiji Academies

Our Zeta Chapter was chartered at Indiana in 1871. It was our fourth chapter in the state. On campus, Woodburn Hall and Woodburn House are named for James A. Woodburn (Indiana 1876), professor from 1890 to 1924 and the University's historian.

The University hosted all nine Fiji Academies from 1955 to 1971, and a tenth in 1979.

Bloomington, Indiana

Hanover chapter house, drawn by Ed Gabe (Hanover 1990)

Madison, Indiana

Hanover College

Site of Tau Chapter and McCarty Mantel

Phi Gamma Delta's second chapter in Indiana was chartered at Hanover College in 1864.

In 1955, Tau Chapter moved into a new chapter house. Some years later, several graduate brothers presented them with a mantel from the childhood home of Founder John T. McCarty (Jefferson 1848). A new reservoir had flooded the site of the home, but not before a Phi Gam salvage effort had saved the home's mantels. The McCarty Mantel now graces the dining room at Tau Chapter. (Other mantels reside at our Miami University chapter house and our International Headquarters.)

517 Ball Drive Unit 1328
Hanover, Indiana

Marshall Birthplace

North Manchester, Indiana

Thomas R. Marshall Birthplace

Governor of Indiana 1909-1913 and US Vice President 1913-1921, Thomas R. Marshall (Wabash 1872) was a regular speaker at Phi Gam events throughout his life.

Marshall's birthplace home was moved to Harlderman Park by the North Manchester Historical Society.

Harlderman Park
409 North Market Street
North Manchester, Indiana

Marshall House

Colubia, Indiana

Thomas R. Marshall House

One-time home of Thomas Marshall (Wabash 1872), and now site of the Whitley County Historical Museum.

Whitley County Historical Museum
108 West Jefferson Street,
Columbia, Indiana

Thompson Birthplace

Vincennes, Indiana

Maurice Thompson Birthplace

Maurice Thompson (Wabash initiate) was one of several famous authors from our Indiana chapters. He wrote Alice of Old Vincennes, a best-seller in 1900.

The Birthplace is part of the Vincennes State Historic Sites.

1 West Harrison Street
Vincennes, Indiana

Wallace's Study 

Crawfordsville, Indiana

Law Wallace Study and Museum

The 1895 library of Lew Wallace (DePauw initiate) is now a museum celebrating his life and accomplishments. Politician, soldier, author, diplomat - there was little that Wallace did not do. He was born in Brookville, Indiana, about a year before Founder John T. McCarty was born there. He served as a Union Major-General in the Civil War. He later became a diplomat and governor of New Mexico Territory. He wrote many books, including the century's most popular book, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.

Initiated at Indiana Asbury (now DePauw) in 1868 after speaking at the University, Wallace served as our first Archon President from 1898 until 1901. He died in 1905.

200 Wallace Avenue, at Pike Street
Crawfordsville, Indiana

Lane Place, from

Crawfordsville, Indiana

Henry S. Lane Home

Built in 1845, the Lane house includes five acres in the center of Crawfordsville. Henry S. Lane (Wabash initiate) served as governor of Indiana, state representative, US congressman, and senator. He also chaired the first Republican national convention in 1856. He died in 1881. The restored mansion has been open for tours since 1931.

Lane's brother-in-law was Lew Wallace (DePauw initiate).

212 S. Water St
Crawfordsville, Indiana

Henry S. Lane Monument Find A Grave

Crawfordsville, Indiana

Oak Hill Cemetery

Two famous Phi Gams are buried in this cemetery:

  • Lew Wallace (DePauw Initiate) - Civil War Union major-general, diplomat, territorial governor, and bestselling author of Ben Hur among other works.
  • Henry S. Lane (Wabash Initiate) - Indiana governor and senator.

392 W. Oak Hill Road
Crawfordsville, Indiana

Other Indiana burial sites include:
Corydon, IN - Cedar Hill Cemetery, Frank O'Bannon (Indiana 1957), governor from 1997 to 2003.
Greencastle, IN - Forest Hill Cemetery, John C. Ridpath (DePauw 1866), famed author and historian.

O'Bannor Monument (Wikipedia)

Corydon, Indiana

Frank O'Bannon Monument

Governor Frank L. O'Bannon (Indiana 1952) died in 2003 while in office.  He had served since 1997.  Previously he had been a state senator and lieutenant governor.

Corydon was Indiana's first state capitol and O'Bannon's hometown.  In 2008 his statue was placed in the square next to the original capitol building.

O'Bannon is buried in Corydon's Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Courthouse Square
Corydon, Indiana

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