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Echoes of Tau, Vol. 6, February 27, 1931

Echoes of Tau, Vol. 6, February 27, 1931

This Tau (Brenau University) chapter newsletter provides updates about the chapter, including articles on the new chapter house and the annual alumnae banquet and profiles on some of the collegiate members. Also of interest is an article about new privileges being granted to students by Brenau University.

Alpha Chi Omega Golden Jubilee Program, June 26, 1935

Alpha Chi Omega Golden Jubilee Program, June 26, 1935

This program is for Homecoming Day of the 1935 National Convention, which took place at DePauw University where the Fraternity was founded. It includes a poem by Founder Olive Burnett Clark (Alpha, DePauw University), the words to the Toast and a program of the day's events.

Report of P-D Meeting in Province IX, March 29-31, 1963

Report of P-D Meeting in Province IX, March 29-31, 1963

Founders Forum at Headquarters Photograph

Founders Forum at Headquarters Photograph

In 2006, The Foundation built and dedicated the Founders' Forum on the headquarters property. There are seven pillars on the outside that feature the signature of each founder. The large sculpture in the center represents the entwined connection of the founders themselves and the organization.

Interviews of the Founders, Video

Interviews of the Founders, Video

Hear from our Founders about the beginning of our sisterhood at DePauw University. This recording was shared in celebration of Alpha Chi Omega's 125th year.

Fashion from the Archives, Video 2016

Fashion from the Archives, Video 2016

Vicky Richardson Harrison (Alpha Mu, Indiana University) explains the history behind the two dresses on display in the headquarters museum.

Founders with 50th Birthday Cake at Convention Photograph, June 1935

Founders with 50th Birthday Cake at Convention Photograph, June 1935

Founders (left to right) Bertha Deniston Cunningham (Alpha, DePauw University), Estelle Leonard (Alpha, DePauw University), Nellie Gamble Childe (Alpha, DePauw University) and Olive Burnett Clark (Alpha, DePauw University) pose with a birthday cake to celebrate Alpha Chi Omega's 50th birthday at the Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. during the 1935 National Convention. Behind them are National Editor Ted Maltbie Collins (Rho, University of Washington) and National President Ethel Meade Van Auken (Lambda, Syracuse University).

Ryan, Burnett and Deniston Cabinet Card, April 1886

Ryan, Burnett and Deniston Cabinet Card, April 1886

Anna Ryan (Wells) (Alpha, DePauw University, left) poses with Alpha Chi Omega Founders Olive Burnett (Clark) (Alpha, DePauw University, center) and Bertha Deniston (Cunningham) (Alpha, DePauw University, right).

Estelle Leonard and Bertha Cunningham at Convention Photograph, c. June 1937

Estelle Leonard and Bertha Cunningham at Convention Photograph, c. June 1937

Founders Estelle Leonard (Alpha, DePauw University) and Bertha Deniston Cunningham (Alpha, DePauw University) pose together at the 1937 National Convention in Glacier National Park.

Bertha Deniston Cunningham Badge, 1885

Bertha Deniston Cunningham Badge, 1885

The only original badge known to still be in existence, this badge belonged to Founder Bertha Deniston Cunningham (Alpha, DePauw University) and was created in 1885. The 3/4-inch badge features 28 pearls and seven garnets. Unlike many later badges, which feature twisted lyre strings, the strings on this badge are flat. Each new chapter is presented a copy of this badge for the chapter president to wear during her term. The president's badge is then passed from president to president.

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.

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.