New York City Alumni Chapter Enjoys Record Evening

Almost 400 Washington and Lee alumni and friends from the New York City area participated in the New York City Alumni Chapter’s special event at the New York Historical Society Thursday night. The turnout was the largest ever for a W&L chapter meeting. It coincided with the fall meeting of the Board of Trustees, which was meeting in New York, and was held in conjunction with the Historical Society’s exhibition, “Grant and Lee in War and Peace,” which features documents, photographs, artwork, military equipment and other items. The New York Times review noted that the exhibition “tries to take a longer view of the two men, putting them in a context that carries right up to the present.” After touring the exhibition, participants heard brief remarks from Don Childress, rector of the W&L board, and President Ken Ruscio as well as greetings from W&L’s most famous New Yorker, Tom Wolfe, Class of 1951. Wolfe greeted all of the “born and bred New Yorkers” among the crowd, confessing that he has lived in the city for only 46 years. He also offered visitors to New York one tourist tip, recommending that everyone visit the New York Stock Exchange — soon: “The stock exchange, I figure, has about 19 more days,” Wolfe joked. “It seems to lose about 500 points a day.”

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