Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall

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Present day Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall entrance at The College of William & Mary.

Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall is a multi-use building at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, United States. It contains the largest auditorium on the campus, containing two floors of seating. The building is home to art shows, musical acts, theatre, assemblies and guest speakers.


In 1957, Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall opened its doors and became the first building on the College’s "new campus."[1] PBK Hall was originally in a different building on campus but had burned down in a fire in 1953. The name comes from the Phi Beta Kappa Society, which was the first academic honor society created in the United States. It was founded at the College in 1776.

1976 presidential debate[edit]

Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall was the site of the third and final presidential debate between candidates Jimmy Carter (D) and Gerald Ford (R) in the 1976 Presidential election.[2] The debate occurred on October 22 and was moderated by Barbara Walters.[2] Panelists included journalist Joseph Kraft, Los Angeles Times reporter Jack Nelson, and Washington Post reporter Robert Maynard.[2]


  1. ^ 1951-1975 W&M timeline – Archived 2008-07-08 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved on June 14, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c CNN: 1976 Presidential Debates. Retrieved on June 14, 2008.

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Coordinates: 37°16′06″N 76°42′55″W / 37.268377°N 76.715287°W / 37.268377; -76.715287