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Fraternity Diversity, 1870s, Greencastle, Indiana

In 1877, four young Japanese men arrived in Greencastle, Indiana. They became students at the alma mater of their teacher, an American missionary. They, too, like their mentor, became fraternity men. Two joined Delta Kappa Epsilon and the other two … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Leftovers With a Dash of GLO Flavor

Travelling from Illinois to Connecticut via the interstate highway system offered me plentiful opportunities to ponder random thoughts.  Whenever we are on the highway through metro New York and I see the sign for Yonkers, I want to take a … Continue reading

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Knox College – the Early History of Its Women’s Fraternity System

The birthplace of the women’s fraternity system is only a few miles west of Galesburg. Pi Beta Phi was founded on April 28, 1867 in the southwest second floor bedroom of the home of “Major “ Jacob Holt at 402 … Continue reading

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“My Dear Mrs. Sisson…Wouldn’t it be a good plan for you to look some of them up?”

“There are local ladies societies at Barnard (Alpha Omicron Pi), Wellesley (Alpha Kappa Gamma), U. of Miss (Sigma Tau), U of Ark (Chi Omega), Wesleyan (Phi Sigma), Dickerson (sic) (Phi Gamma Zeta), Sigma Kappa (Colby) – Wouldn’t it be a … Continue reading

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DePauw’s 1870s Samurai Fraternity Men Who Were Betas and Dekes

In 1877, four young Japanese men arrived in Greencastle, Indiana. They became students at the alma mater of their teacher, an American missionary. They, too, like their mentor, became fraternity men. Two joined Delta Kappa Epsilon and the other two … Continue reading

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The Sisson’s Wednesday Evening Wedding in Galesburg

The story of their castle is on my blog, but here is the story I wrote of their Wednesday evening wedding from Pi Phi’s web-site. http://piphiblog.org/2012/06/18/a-greek-letter-royal-wedding/ If you enjoy reading this post, subscribe to updates, or like it on facebook … Continue reading

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Francis and Grace Lass Sisson – Grand Presidents Who Lived in a Castle

Knox College graduates Grace Lass, a member of the Illinois Delta Chapter of Pi Beta Phi and Francis Hinckley Sisson, a member of the Xi Chapter of Beta Theta Pi, were married in Galesburg, Illinois, on June 16, 1897. At … Continue reading

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Happy 175th Birthday Knox College and a Tidbit about Francis H. and Grace Lass Sisson

February 15, 2012, was the 175th anniversary of the founding of Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. Although it is the only remaining site of a Lincoln-Douglas debate, in the fraternity world it has another special distinction. Francis Hinckley and Grace … Continue reading

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