Tag Archives: Greek-letter Organization History

At the Center of the Universe for GLO History

What is the center of the universe for researching the history of the American college fraternity movement? I’m of the opinion that it is at the Student Life and Culture Archives at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It is one of … Continue reading

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A Pinteresting Take on Fraternity and Sorority History

Twin A has been after me to start a Pinterest board. He’s even been quoting the same platitudes I used on the kids when they were growing up (How will you ever learn if I do it for you?). I … Continue reading

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Baird’s Manual of American College Fraternities Debuted 135 Years Ago

My thanks to Christopher Walters, a fraternity history enthusiast and a member of Phi Mu Alpha, for writing this blog post. In 1879 a revolution occurred in the fraternity world. It was in March of that year when a little booklet, … Continue reading

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December 24 Through January 2 – A Busy Time in Fraternity and Sorority History

It’s hard for today’s collegians to contemplate spending December 24 through January 2 on campus. Most higher education institutions shut down for the holiday week. However, that week has been a significant one in the history of Greek-letter organizations. Delta … Continue reading

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100 Years Ago – 12/12/1912 in Fraternity and Sorority History

Today is 12/12/2012. One hundred years ago, on 12/12/1912, a Thursday, the world was a different place. Taking a glimpse into what was happening in the Greek-letter organization world a century ago offers a wonderful insight. While life is vastly … Continue reading

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Fraternity History and Sorority History Do Matter!

It’s been a year since I started this blog. Some people stumble upon it while trying to find out which presidents were fraternity men, or which Olympic athletes were sorority members, or any odd number of searches that will lead … Continue reading

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The 32nd NPC Meeting in Williamsburg, Founding Site of ΦΒK

From November 27-December 1, 1951, the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) met in Williamsburg, Virginia. Edith Reese Crabtree, Kappa Kappa Gamma, served as chairman. Alpha Phi Margaret Hutchinson served as secretary and Delta Gamma Mavis Mann was treasurer. The 11 associate … Continue reading

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Happy Founders’ Day Phi Sigma Sigma!

Phi Sigma Sigma’s first chapter was chartered at New York’s Hunter College on November 26, 1913. Its ten founders are Lillian Gordon Alpern, Josephine Ellison Breakstone, Fay Chertkoff, Estelle Melnick Cole, Jeanette Lipka Furst, Ethel Gordon Kraus, Shirley Cohen Laufer, … Continue reading

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Installed on Thanksgiving – Pi Beta Phi at UVM

It’s Thanksgiving and that always makes me think of an event that happened in 1898 in Burlington, Vermont. The installation of the Vermont Beta Chapter of Pi Beta Phi took place in the Goodhue family home. The Goodhue’s only child … Continue reading

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Happy Founders’ Day, Tri Delta!

Delta Delta Delta was founded at Boston University on November 27, 1888, which fell on the day before Thanksgiving that year. Founders’ Day is celebrated on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Sarah Ida Shaw [Martin] and Eleanor Dorcas Pond [Mann, M.D.] … Continue reading

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