Secret societies

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There have been a number of secret societies at the College of William and Mary during its history. Groups believed to be currently active on campus include the FHC Society, 7 Society, Bishop James Madison Society, Thirteen, W Society, Wren Society, Alphas, Live Oak Society, Zodiac Society, and others.

The FHC was the first collegiate secret society in the United States. It was founded on November 11, 1750, faded away in the 1770s, was revived in the 1920s before fading away in 1943, and again being revived in 1972.

The first documented evidence by Swem's Special Collections of the Zodiac Society was a good luck note to students seen in Swem Library during December 2013 final exams.

Inactive Secret Societies

Groups such as PDA, which was a student group organized in the 18th century after the F.H.C. are among those no longer active on campus.

The B.B. Club was active in the mid-1920s.


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