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“On this bright beautiful May morning, when all were bright and happy in meeting sisters who we love with a love that needeth no encouragement but is spontaneous – we, the representatives of three of the flourishing chapters of Kappa Alpha Theta, met in mass convention, for the purpose of increasing the interest and the welfare of the Kappa Alpha Theta society.” Flora Tingley, Secretary, 1875
9th Convention, 1887
Hanover, Indiana

11th Convention, 1891
Burlington, Vermont
14th Convention, 1897
Madison, Wisconsin

“After dinner on Thursday, Feb. 22 … if you have smelling salts, please produce them now … We held our first and second sessions in the Phi Gamma Delta rooms and the third in the Sigma Chi rooms !! Think of the generosity of the Greencastle boys and the glorious freedom of western ideas! I thought of the possibility of our Cornell boys tendering us the use of their rooms and smiled. At the rooms were met by a half dozen boys, one of whom made us welcome in a very neat speech, in which he told us they felt very much honored by our acceptance of their hospitality! The gentlemen then retired … the convention opened in earnest with singing and prayer, after which we listened to an address of welcome from one of the Greencastle girls.”
Extracts from Jessie Boulton’s letter (Iota/Cornell), 1883.

12th Convention, 1893
Chicago, Illinois
15th Convention, 1899
Indianapolis, Indiana
1872 - 1st Convention
Bloomington, Indiana
  • Hannah Fitch was one of four delegates; extension to proceed.
1875 - 2nd Convention
Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Continued extension.
1876 - 3rd Convention
Greencastle, Indiana
  • Regular conventions to be held every three years.
1879 - 4th Convention
Bloomington, Indiana
  • Establishment of Grand Chapter to administer the fraternity.
1881 - 5th Convention
Wooster, Ohio
  • New system of naming chapters.
1883 - 6th Convention
Greencastle, Indiana
  • Granting of charter must be unanimous.
1885 - 7th Convention
Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Established the Magazine.
1886 - 8th Convention
Wooster, Ohio
  • Called to discuss dissension in the fraternity.
1887 - 9th Convention
Hanover, Indiana
  • Standardization of the badge.
1889 - 10th Convention
Bloomington, Indiana
  • Pansy selected as the fraternity flower.
1891 - 11th Convention
Burlington, Vermont
  • Re-organized to reflect growth in the fraternity.
1893 - 12th Convention
Chicago, Illinois
  • Districts established.
1895 - 13th Convention
Syracuse, New York
  • Extension only by applying groups in existence for at least a year.
1897 - 14th Convention
Madison, Wisconsin
  • Uniform ritual.
1899 - 15th Convention
Indianapolis, Indiana
  • National archives established.