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"When she looked around the long table and saw all the dear Thetas, love and enthusiasm filled her heart: and when she heard those splendid toasts, a reverence was awakened for our ideals and for the womanly women who represent them, which she wishes might be shared with all Thetas far and near."
Alpha Gamma delegate, 1905
"We have been wondering if other chapters have been tired in their attempts to break their delegates of the habit of explaining whenever they rise, 'Members of the Grand Council and the Sixteenth Biennial Convention.' And do they close all discussions with a 'Respectfully submitted'?"
Alpha Theta delegate, 1905

"At convention we meet some two hundred women who wear the Theta badge and our own idea of the Theta type loses itself in the vast assembly of other types. Then we perceive that it is because we are all different, because we come from different colleges, different chapters, and different families that we are as far reaching and as powerful as we are, and that our success is due to the fact that we are uniting our individual strength and ability to work for our fraternity."
Jean Margaret Mead,
Phi deuteron/Stanford, 1909


21st Convention, 1911
Pasadena, California

22nd Convention, 1913
Minnewaska, New York

23rd Convention, 1915
Gearhart-by-the-Sea, Oregon
"Bandages being rolled in the lobby – knitting needles clicking to produce sober looking garments for our 'boys' – appropriations being made for the Red Cross – and our lone Canadian sister, sad-eyed, yet brave, telling us of the still greater hardships of our sisters over the border."
Unknown, 1917

24th Convention, 1917
Charlevoix, Michigan

Charms and Mementos

Convention Charm - Philadelphia, 1905


21st Convention, 1911
Pasadena, California

"Eighty-one Thetas were aboard the special when it left Chicago. That special train started out as a train of one baggage car, one diner, five sleepers, one observation car; it added two more sleepers before entering California. One-hundred-thirty-three Thetas were aboard when the train left Palo Alto for the last night’s ride together."
Magazine, November 1911, p. 41


22nd Convention, 1913
Minnewaska, New York
“Just then a weary but excited girl peeped through a crack in the door and began apologetically. 'I thought I’d come and get acquainted. You see the D.P.s are giving a 'spread' in the room next to mine, and they make so much noise we couldn’t sleep. They tell me nobody sleeps at Theta convention.'" GWL, 1915

23rd Convention, 1915
Gearhart-by-the-Sea, Oregon

"What is the most valuable one thing Convention adds to Theta experiences? The 'National vision'! Convention by its very existence, in its very nature, takes away the local notion, and substitutes a very real national existence. The Grand Council, the round table exchange of ideas, and the mere presence of girls from so many sections, all interested in, and working for, the same ideals – our Kappa Alpha Theta; all these mean a wider national vision.”
Magazine, November 1919, p. 43

1901 - 16th Convention
New York, New York
  • District presidents begin visits to chapters.
1903 - 17th Convention
Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • First meeting of NPC reported.
1905 - 18th Convention
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Los Angeles alumnae introduce Scholarship Fund.
1907 - 19th Convention
Chicago, Illinois
  • Standard design for coat-of-arms, seal, flag, and pledge pins adopted.
1909 - 20th Convention
Chicago, Illinois
  • Joined Sigma Chi for social activities at Convention.
1911 - 21st Convention
Pasadena, California
  • First special train; enhancements made to Processional.
1913 - 22nd Convention
Minnewaska, New York
  • New ritual established for chapter use.
1915 - 23rd Convention
Gearhart-by-the-Sea, Oregon
  • Additional ritual established for chapter use.
1917 - 24th Convention
Charlevoix, Michigan
  • Agreed to fund to equip nurses of a base hospital in Europe.
1919 - 25th Convention
St. Louis, Missouri
  • Golden Jubilee; Hannah Fitch Shaw present.