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Alpha Chi Omega Today, Spring 1997

Alpha Chi Omega Today, Spring 1997

This newsletter includes articles about the National Housing Corporation, TEAM Discovery weekends and alcohol programming.

Securing Our Futures: Yours and Alpha Chi Omega's, 1992

Securing Our Futures: Yours and Alpha Chi Omega's, 1992

This publication discusses the options for generating charitable gifts to the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation. It also includes a photograph of Ellen Little Vanden Brink (Alpha, DePauw University), Bonnie House Andrews (Alpha Beta, Purdue University), Diane Wilson Blackwelder (Omicron, Baker University) and Mary Gratton Davids (Chi, Oregon State University) being honored by the Circle of Twenty at the 1992 National Convention.

Campaign Update, First Edition, 1986

Campaign Update, First Edition, 1986

This Second Century Campaign update newsletter lists campaign donors and includes an article about Mu (Simpson College) chapter alumnae supporting the restoration of a piano at Simpson College.

The Convention Transcript of Alpha Chi Omega, Vol. 17, No. 1, June 26, 1960

The Convention Transcript of Alpha Chi Omega, Vol. 17, No. 1, June 26, 1960

This convention newsletter provides articles about various convention events, as well as general interest articles regarding the new Fraternity headquarters and the death of Founder Nellie Gamble Childe (Alpha, DePauw University). The newsletter includes a number of photographs associated with the articles.

Bertha Cunningham with Books Photograph, December 9, 1934

Bertha Cunningham with Books Photograph, December 9, 1934

Founder Bertha Deniston Cunningham (Alpha, DePauw University) poses in her living room with 16 war books and five Alpha Chi Omega scrapbooks.

Alpha Chapter Photograph, c. 1889

Alpha Chapter Photograph, c. 1889

Alpha (DePauw University) chapter members pose together for a formal portrait. Four of the women are identified: Lillian Moore Cottingham (Alpha, DePauw University, upper right corner), Anna Allen Smith (Alpha, DePauw University, second row, left), Daisy Steele Wilson (Alpha, DePauw University, lower left corner) and Mary Janet Wilson (Alpha, DePauw University, lower right corner).

Founders' Bell Tower Dedication Photograph, October 1976

Founders' Bell Tower Dedication Photograph, October 1976

The Founders' Bell Tower was constructed by Alpha Chi Omega as part of DePauw University's new performing arts building in 1976 and dedicated to the memory of the seven founders.

Amy DuBois Rieth Portrait Cabinet Card

Amy DuBois Rieth Portrait Cabinet Card

Amy Dubois Rieth (Alpha, DePauw University) was only 15 when she entered DePauw. She studied both voice and pianoforte. She was known as “the little girl with the big voice,” and was selected to sing important roles in school productions. Amy had a quiet and straightforward manner, which belied her fondness for pulling pranks on her Fraternity sisters. Her influence on the Fraternity endured long after she left to teach music in Kansas.

Anna Allen Smith Portrait Cabinet Card

Anna Allen Smith Portrait Cabinet Card

Anna Allen Smith (Alpha, DePauw University) lived her entire life in Greencastle, Indiana, and was childhood friends with Bessie Grooms Keenan (Alpha, DePauw University and Olive (Ollie) Burnett Clark (Alpha, DePauw University). She was always interested in music and was the youngest student to do advanced work at DePauw's School of Music. She was just 15 years old when Alpha Chi Omega was founded. Anna was the Founder most associated with Alpha chapter and until her untimely death in 1932, she knew every initiated Alpha (all 700 of them).

Bertha Deniston Cunningham Portrait Cabinet Card

Bertha Deniston Cunningham Portrait Cabinet Card

When Bertha Deniston Cunningham's (Alpha, DePauw University) parents decided their musically advanced daughter should continue her studies at DePauw, she had to play for Dean Howe to determine just how advanced she was. She went on to become the envy of the school’s music students because of her composing skills. She also was an accomplished performer and successful teacher in the School of Music for 10 years. Hers is the only one of five original badges that exists today.

Nellie Gamble Childe Portrait Cabinet Card, c. 1886

Nellie Gamble Childe Portrait Cabinet Card, c. 1886

Nellie Gamble Childe (Alpha, DePauw University) studied piano from an early age and, after much deliberation, chose DePauw. She was described variously by her sisters as being gentle, energetic, earnest and friendly, leading a life of “quiet influence for good.” Later in life, she cultivated roses and loved to garden. She said that Alpha Chi Omega had a small beginning, but was built by loyal women with high standards who have achieved “marvelous results.”

Olive Burnett Clark Portrait Cabinet Card

Olive Burnett Clark Portrait Cabinet Card

Olive Burnett Clark (Alpha, DePauw University) grew up in Greencastle, Indiana before eventually moving to Indianapolis, Indiana. She set the example for grace, civility and dignity that defined the Fraternity.

Leonard, Childe, Clark and Orndorff at Convention Photograph, June 26, 1935

Leonard, Childe, Clark and Orndorff at Convention Photograph, June 26, 1935

Founders (left to right) Estelle Leonard (Alpha, DePauw University), Nellie Gamble Childe (Alpha, DePauw University) and Olive Burnett Clark (Alpha, DePauw University) pose with Ruth Orndorff Darragh (Gamma, Northwestern University) at DePauw University on Homecoming Day of the 1935 National Convention.

Estelle Leonard Portrait Photograph, c. 1910

Estelle Leonard Portrait Photograph, c. 1910

This portrait of Estelle Leonard (Alpha, DePauw University) would have been taken during her music teaching years at Union City Public Schools. The back of the photo is inscribed with "For Frances Koch, May 31, 1910. Estella Leonard Music (Piano) Teacher"

McLachlan, Leonard and Clark with Felt-ogram Scenes at Convention Photograph, 1951

McLachlan, Leonard and Clark with Felt-ogram Scenes at Convention Photograph, 1951

Lois Henderson McLachlan (Beta Zeta, Whitman College, center) poses with founders Estelle Leonard (Alpha, DePauw University, left) and Olive Burnett Clark (Alpha, DePauw University) in front of felt-ogram scenes of the founding that she made for the final banquet of the 1951 National Convention in Roanoke, Virginia.

DePauw University East College Photograph

DePauw University East College Photograph

Morrow, Boardman and Two Delta Theta Delta Alumnae Members Photograph

Morrow, Boardman and Two Delta Theta Delta Alumnae Members Photograph

50-Year Members at Convention Photograph, 1972

50-Year Members at Convention Photograph, 1972

Fifty-year members pose together at the 1972 National Convention. Each woman is individually identified on the back of the photograph.

Officers at Founders Road Headquarters Groundbreaking Photograph, June 3, 1973

Officers at Founders Road Headquarters Groundbreaking Photograph, June 3, 1973

A group of fraternity officers and staff pose together at the groundbreaking for the national headquarters at 8733 Founders Road. They are (front) Executive Secretary Jody Bayer Martindill (Alpha, DePauw University), Controller Elinor Waite Howe (Alpha, DePauw University), National President Adele Fieve Drew (Alpha Lambda, University of Minnesota), Archivist Hannah Keenan (Alpha, DePauw University), (back row) National Treasurer Mary Flood Hutton (Psi, The University of Oklahoma), Lyre Editor Dee Gibson, Program Services Coordinator Ki Manning Reinmiller (Psi, The University of Oklahoma) and Collegiate Finance Coordinator Margaret Boschmann. This photograph was featured on page 24 of the Fall 1973 issue of The Lyre.

Province Presidents at Training Leadership Conference Photograph, July 21-25, 1975

Province Presidents at Training Leadership Conference Photograph, July 21-25, 1975