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

  1. Construction for the current chapter house began in 1923. The house was dedicated on June 2, 1924. Iota Chapter was the first of the sororities on campus to build. The ritual for the house dedication was written by Sidelia Starr Donner. It was soon adopted for Fraternity-wide use.

  2. Five years after Kappa Alpha Theta was established at DePauw, six young women dared to debut their little golden keys at the "Sophomore Performance," an event attended by the college and town. 

  3. Minnetta Taylor, DePauw, was the first editor of The Golden Key.

  4. Mary A. Livermore — a lecturer, author, editor and one of the most prominent workers in the cause of woman's suffrage — was an honorary initiate of Iota Chapter in 1879.

Fun facts:

  1. Iota Chapter has a longstanding tradition of painting bricks in the basement. Each member’s last name is painted on a brick by their big sister. This beloved tradition reminds chapter members that each plays a role in the foundation of the chapter. This stands as a place of remembrance and celebration of collegians and alumnae of Iota Chapter. 

  2. Iota Chapter has its own frozen yogurt machine.

  3. Kappa Kappa Gamma at DePauw was a very secret organization for its first few years. Even the place of meetings was kept secret from all but the members.

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