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Beta Lambda Chapter

Name
Beta Lambda Chapter
Variant Name
Kappa Alpha Theta
Related Creators
Kappa Alpha Theta (Parent)
Student Organizations (Associate)
Historical Note
The William and Mary Chapter, Beta Gamma, was installed on April 28, 1922 and was the second women's fraternity to be recognized at the College of William and Mary. The chapter's current website: http://web.wm.edu/so/kat/?svr=www. "In 1837, the Methodist Church established Indiana Asbury (now DePauw University) in Greencastle, Indiana." "Indiana Asbury officially opened its doors to women in 1867, but not without great uproar from the male students. In 1870, Theta became the first women's Greek-letter fraternity because its primary founder, Bettie Locke, wanted full membership in a male fraternity. When the men asked her to wear their fraternity badge as a 'mascot,' she responded, 'If you won't initiate me into your fraternity, I'll start my own.' Thus, Kappa Alpha Theta was established on January 27, 1870." Kappa Alpha Theta web site: http://www.kappaalphatheta.org/   Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/Beta Lambda Chapter.
Sources

http://www.kappaalphatheta.org/; http://www.wm.edu/so/greeks/chapters/kat.php

Accessed 30 July 2007. Research from collection.

Note Author
Alicia Futrell

By this creator

Records or Manuscript Collections
Kappa Alpha Theta, Beta Lambda Chapter Records, 1921-2005