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

  1. Although Gamma Chapter wasn't formed until 1873, it was planned for in 1872, thus putting it before Delta on the chapter roll. 

  2. Gamma Chapter had only four initiates. 

  3. The chapter was started by Marion "Minnie" Kendall, Monmouth, whose father was the president of Smithson and whose mother was the lady principal of the college.

Fun facts:

  1. Smithson College only had about a dozen graduates throughout its institutional history.

  2. Opposition to secret societies became strong at Smithson and no new members were added after spring 1874. 

  3. When new chapters were given the names of closed chapters, the name "Gamma" was also given to the now-closed chapter at the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. That policy was changed by the 1890 Convention and Gamma Chapter at Wooster was changed to Beta Gamma Chapter — the Beta prefix indicated that it was the second time the letter Gamma had been assigned.

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