Alpha Chi Omega was the first women's organization to create a convention transcript, debuting for the first time at the 1915 Biennial Convention. Published and available every day during convention, it took a number of volunteers to serve as reporters, and a specific team was in charge of editing, layout and printing every night.
National President Janice Crandall (Beta Epsilon, Michigan State University) introduces Dr. Condoleezza Rice (Gamma Delta, University of Denver) to speak at the 2000 National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Sharon Olson McKinstry (Beta Epsilon, Michigan State University) calls on Alpha Chis to support the Magazine Agency and outlines how they can show their support.
This overnight telegram was sent from Founder Oliver Burnett Clark expressing her well wishes since she was not able to attend the 1955 National Convention in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
This musical timeline was created for the 2018 National Convention (Austin, TX). The timeline was printed and placed on the hotel wall near the music corner display, featuring music milestones for Alpha Chi Omega throughout our history from 1885-2018.
The New York Central Lines provided 1935 convention attendees with "The Water Level Route," where guests traveled three different places by train: Greencastle, Indiana; White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia; and Washington, D.C. Trains were considered elegant and formal in this time period, so the menu included was served in a fine dining atmosphere. While the service was formal, the sleeping conditions may not be perceived as such to a modern-day viewer; attendees slept in bunk beds! One interesting fact to note about the context of the increased number of alcohol ads in the menu: this convention took place two years after Prohibition was lifted, so these companies increased their advertising in any way possible.
History, heritage and purpose of Alpha Chi Omega was the central theme for the 1985 trip to the founding site, DePauw University. This letter walked attendees through the program of the day and instructions on how to keep with their group. One side features the instructions and welcome letter while the other is a map of the campus.
Past National Presidents pose together at the 2008 National Convention. (Left to right) Past National President 2004-08 Donna Smith Chereck (Alpha Phi, The University of Texas at Austin), Past National President 1976-80 Karen Aunan Miley (Alpha Lambda, University of Minnesota), Past National President 2000-04 Julie Cain Burkhard (Beta Sigma, University of Georgia), Past National President 1992-96 Judy Evans Anderson (Alpha Lambda, University of Minnesota), Past National President 1980-83 Martha Hannegan (Omicron, Baker University), Past National President 1988-92 Ellen Little Vanden Brink (Alpha, DePauw University), Past National President 1983-88 D'Alice Coburn Cochran (Alpha Mu, Indiana University), Past National President 1996-2000 Janice Manning Crandall (Omicron, Baker University).
The 1919 National Convention body voted to form a committee to design an official china pattern for use at Alpha Chi Omega chapter houses. This set was the first purchased from the Syracuse China Corporation and was used by Lambda (Syracuse University) chapter. It was found in a box of broken china sent to headquarters in 1990 for display.
The 1904 convention was hosted by Delta (Allegheny College) chapter on November 2-4, 1904. These minutes, captured by Bertha Sackett Haines (Delta, Allegheny College), document the motions and discussions of the chapter delegates and Grand Council. Major decisions in this document show that a public constitution and a secret Ritual were adopted. Committees were also formed to revise the bond card, constitution and Ritual.
A gold Hera Head pin honoring Alpha Chi Omega's patron goddess, Hera, was selected for ex-Grand Officers at the 12th National Convention in 1910. Alta Allen Loud received the first one in 1911. In 1919, the four living Founders received one at convention. Any sister who wears one now has served at least one term on the National Council.
Established in 1914, the Award of Distinction was to recognize the 29 sisters who served overseas in World War I. In 1924, the criteria was broadened to include sisters who had given “constructive service to the Fraternity.” Marian McDowell was the first to receive the new award in 1926. At the 1935 National Convention, each of the four living Founders were presented an award. Nellie Gamble Childe's award was donated to the national archives upon her death. The award was designed by Hungarian-American sculptor Julio Kilenyi.