Every Kappa should consider herself a part owner of our beautiful Heritage Museum and Fraternity Headquarters in Columbus. Maybe you’ve joined Kappa sisters on a road trip to see it for yourself or stopped by on your own during a visit to Ohio. If not—it’s worth the trip! Check out the Voyage of Discovery to see what you’ve been missing.
Just ask the Akron University Kappas who were excited to visit the Italianate Victorian-era mansion that is home to The Heritage Museum, with Kappa Headquarters and Foundation offices attached.
Their favorite highlights of the tour included an ornate, floor-to-ceiling antique pier mirror—the only surviving piece from the original house, an 1887 Weber grand piano, Victorian-era furniture—some of which belonged to Founder Martha Louisa Stevenson Miller, and many silver pieces similar to the ones used by original occupants of this former Ohio governor’s mansion.
Kylie Towers, archivist/curator, also taught the Akron members about crafts and activities done by women in the 1800s and early 1900s, and they enjoyed exploring the expertly decorated bedrooms upstairs where members, advisers and Fraternity officers can stay when they come for overnight meetings and training. Others enjoyed seeing the old key badges, saying they were deeply touched by the thought of Kappas today wearing the same golden symbol that was first worn more than 140 years ago by our earliest sisters.
Several women admitted that in addition to meeting some of the Headquarters staff and seeing where Kappa business takes place, one of the best parts of the trip was simply getting to know other chapter members better during the two-hour drive.
Have you been to The Heritage Museum? What was your favorite part?