Winifred Byrd sits at piano while visiting Kappa (University of Wisconsin) chapter in Madison, Wisconsin.
Alta Allen Loud (Beta, Albion College) served as National President from 1907-10 and from 1912-19.
This view shows the interior of the living rooms in Alpha (DePauw University) chapter's leased house at 408 Elm Street.
Technically this was the 9th Convention, but at this point in our history Alpha Chi Omega had not yet established a naming convention for events, therefore the labels differ. This program includes a chapter roll, a list of the Grand Council, a full program of events, banquet menu, banquet toast list, musicale program and the lyrics to several Alpha Chi songs.
This is a 1908 telegram from Maud Powell (Alpha, DePauw University) from Tacoma, Washington. She was responding to an invitation to convention but was touring at the time in the U.S., Canada and Europe. In a 1909 Lyre article she wrote, “We must give our fraternity a reason for existing – and that reason must be one that is worthwhile for now and for the future.”
Harriet Edith Bardwell (Xi, University of Nebraska - Lincoln) updates Alta Allen Loud (Beta, Albion College) on the state of Xi chapter and discusses plans for attending the 1908 National Convention.
This small diamond-shaped pin is an example of the pins that served as the first official pledge pin of the Fraternity. Scarlet and olive ribbons are attached to the pin in a nod to the earlier practice of pledging new members with ribbons. How did New Member pins come about? In the early days of the fraternity it was customary to pledge Greek novitiates with ribbons. By 1900, a small diamond shaped pin, enameled half in scarlet and half in olive green, bearing in the center an inlaid golden lyre, was accepted. Currently, the new member pin is the same design except that it is a stick pin.
In 1908, a committee was assigned to design an official flag for reasons of uniformity as chapters and sisters were creating their own designs. A design conforming to heraldic principles drawn by Mabel H. Siller (Gamma, Northwestern University) was selected and adopted by the 1910 National Convention voting body as the official flag of Alpha Chi Omega.