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“On a little wooden bridge spanning a small stream that flows through the northeastern corner of the campus, two college girls one day held a schoolgirls’ conversation out of which grew the Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity.” That’s how Thomas H. McMichael, president of Monmouth College from 1903–36, described Kappa’s earliest days.
You know the story: Kappa was founded in 1870 in Monmouth, Illinois, when for the first time, six women proudly wore little golden keys, the badges of their new fraternity for women. Since you know the rest, let’s get to the good stuff: Kappa’s historian has uncovered lesser-known details about the founding of our sisterhood.READ MORE
Dive into kappa history
Kappa Archivist and Museum Director Kylie Towers Smith, Simpson and Stewart House Director Mary Osborne, Monmouth skim all the news in Kappa Kappa Gamma's magazine The Golden Key (now called The Key) from 1882-2021.
Kappa Archivist and Museum Director Kylie Towers Smith, Simpson and Stewart House Director Mary Osborne, Monmouth, and former Fraternity President Kay Larson, Washington, share more about women's history and Kappa history in this historical podcast.