Delphic Fraternity

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   145 Years of Brotherhood - 170 Years of History


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Delphic Society at the University of Rochester

Posted by Phil Velez on August 10, 2017 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (7)

We, as an organization, have known of the existence of the Delphic Society at Rochester since the mid 1990s. I, as historian, have looked into the history of the Delphic Society at Rochester and at the time did not see a clear connection between the Delphic Society at Rochester and the one from Geneseo, our alpha chapter. However, recent historical findings have now led us to finally illustrate a link between the two college literary societies, based at locations physically separated by only 30 miles.

The connection came to light with the confirmation of Mr. William J. Milne as a founding member of the Delphic Society at Geneseo in 1871. Professor Milne came from the Brockport Normal School along with students who transferred to Geneseo to become part of the first graduating class. Milne was previously involved with a literary society at Brockport. Milne first experienced literary society debates and exercises while he was a student at the University of Rochester. At Rochester, Milne participated in the last public debate sponsored by the Delphic Society in December 1866. He graduated from the University of Rochester in 1868. Milne was then a member of the teaching faculty at Brockport for a few years before being appointed the first principal of the Geneseo Normal School. The school opened its doors to students in September 1871.

On October 13, 1871, Principal Milne, along with former students from Brockport and new students at Geneseo, founded the Delphic Society at Geneseo. The seminal concept for the Delphic Society at Geneseo was the Delphic Society at Rochester, which was founded on November 2, 1850. This new finding very much supports to the point of confirmation something we have hypothesized about for quite some time. We had a good idea the origins of the literary society predated Geneseo in 1871, but we did not know the exact location of or the time frame for the organizational ancestor of the fraternity.

The Delphic Fraternity was founded in 1871 when the Delphic Society at Geneseo was formed. The literary society at Geneseo however stemmed from a predecessor organization at the University of Rochester founded in 1850.

The Delphic Fraternity was founded in 1871 in Geneseo, NY. It can now trace its origin back to the Delphic Society founded in 1850 in Rochester, NY.

The Delphic Fraternity, 1871. The Delphic Society, 1850.

2016 Expansion Efforts - Graduate & Associate Chapters

Posted by Phil Velez on October 25, 2016 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (1)

Delphic of Gamma Sigma Tau Fraternity is proud to announce the official formation of the NYC Professional Graduate Chapter. The new graduate chapter has initiated three new members and looks forward to future events in the NYC area. The organization would like to also welcome two undergraduate associate chapters: the SUNY Delhi Associate Chapter and the Lincoln University Associate Chapter. Our members in Delhi, NY and Oxford, PA are excited to re-establish active undergraduate chapters of our fraternity in the states of New York and Pennsylvania. The future of the Delphic Fraternity is looking bright. Del - phi!

Here are founding Delphic Brothers that make up the NYC Graduate Chapter and the Associate Chapters at SUNY Delphi and Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. (Photo from a joint crossing event in New Paltz, NY, February 2016.)

Stained Glass Delphic 7 Window at SUNY New Paltz Alumni House

Posted by Phil Velez on March 1, 2014 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Here's a close-up shot of a photo taken by Delphic Brother Komain and Little Sister Christina at the SUNY New Paltz Alunni House. Next time you find yourself on campus visit the Alumni House to get a real close-up look at the historic art work.

What do you think of the template redesign to the History Homepage? / Happy 142nd Anniversary!

Posted by Phil Velez on October 27, 2013 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (0)

 The template to the Delphic Fraternity History Homepage has been redesigned. We don't change our template very often, generally trying to stick with a theme that expresses age and history. We would love to hear what you think of the redesign and what you would like to see on the website in the future. Feel free to share your thought by repsonding to the blog post. 

We hope you like the changes. The revamp comes about two weeks after the organization became 142 year old.

Happy 142nd Year Anniversary to the Delphic Fraternity! 

Dr. R. Paul Higgins, Sr. - Notable Delphic Alumni

Posted by Phil Velez on March 24, 2013 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (7)

We have added another Notable Delphic Alumni to the Delphic Fraternity Wikipedia Page, thanks for the incredible research conducted by our Brother Eric Guzman. Dr. R. Paul Higgins, Sr. was a prominent physican and higher education officer from Cortland, NY. He was a member of the Young Men's Debating Club, which later became the Epsilon chapter of the Delphic Fraternity. Higgins Hall on the campus of SUNY Cortland is named after Dr. Higgins. A special shout out to the Cortland County Historical Soceity for the wonderful information on Dr. R. Paul Higgins, Sr. and for the copy of his historic photo.

Founder John Beach Abbott

Posted by Phil Velez on November 10, 2012 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)

A Wikipedia page was created for one of the Founding Fathers of The Delphic Fraternity: John Beach Abbott. He was a New York attorney, county judge, and Democratic Party leader. For more information about John B. Abbott, visit his Wikipedia Page at:

Young Men's Debating Club - Founded in 1847

Posted by Phil Velez on September 16, 2012 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The Delphic Fraternity was founded in 1871 in the state of New York. The fraternity can trace its organizational history back to the origins of the Epsilon chapter in Cortland, the Young Men's Debating Club formed in 1847. The organization knew the Cortland chapter was a debating club prior to becoming part of the Delphic Fraternity, however the actual founding date of the club was guestimated to be around 1842. An old article found online recently from the Cortland Evening Standard dated April 12, 1895 lists the names of prominent club alumni and confirms its founding year to be 1847. The new information has been added to the Delphic Wikipedia Page and this Delphic Fraternity History Home Page. Historially this is a great find and truly illustrates our organization's rich history. So, The Delphic Fraternity, Inc.: 140 years of brotherhood - 165 years of history.

Happy 140th Anniversary to The Delphic Fraternity!

Posted by Phil Velez on October 13, 2011 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

On October 13, 1871 the Delphic Fraternity was founded as the Delphic Society at SUNY Geneseo. To commerorate the 140th Anniversary of the legendary organization, an update to the Delphic Fraternity history booklet is now available online. To check out the revised version visit the resource/links page of this website. Happy 140th Anniversary to all members of The Delphic Fraternity!

Notable Alumni list on Wikipedia page

Posted by Phil Velez on August 25, 2011 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Our list of notable alumni on our Wikipedia page has been updated. Check out the list here...

The Delphic Fraternity Inc. - Wikipedia Page

Executive Board Nominations

Posted by Phil Velez on July 1, 2011 at 4:42 PM Comments comments (0)

Nominations for executive board officers for the 2011-2013 term are now being accepted. Please contact the E-Board if you would like to make a nomination.