Beta Lambda

University of Illinois


Historical facts: ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  1. Beta Lambda Chapter’s very first house was purchased in 1900 and was located at 903 W. California St. in Urbana, Illinois. After relocating several times to accommodate the growing number of members, Beta Lambda took up permanent residence on South Lincoln Avenue in 1928.

  2.  Katharine Lucinda Sharp, Northwestern, former Grand President and first director of the library school at the University of Illinois, and Frances Simpson, Northwestern, a student at the new school, whished there could be a Kappa chapter at Illinois. In April 1899, the charter was granted and the chapter was installed on April 28.

  3. Beta Lambda was the last of the Kappa chapters to be installed before the turn of the century and, according to the 1932 history, "The launching of the chapter came as a distinct surprise to the campus and it was not until the initial reception that the charter members were made known to the public."

Fun facts:

  1. Due to the large volume of girls sleeping in the open airs, a member instituted the "wakes system." The system consisted of one sister quietly waking up another from the open airs based upon the information she had provided about her classes that day.

  2. In 2018, the chapter created a family tree event, inviting all “families” to create a scrapbook showcasing their whole lineage.

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