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Wesleyan Female College is Chartered

Wesleyan Female College, the first college for women in the world, is chartered to grant degrees to women.

1836

1851

The Adelphean Society is Founded

Alpha Delta Pi is founded by Eugenia Tucker as the Adelphean Society, the first secret society for women. The society is founded for the purpose of mental, moral, social, and domestic betterment.

05/15/1851

RELATED ITEMS
Eugenia Fitzgerald Portrait Photograph
1852

Adelpheans Discuss Frivolity of Dress and Card Playing

Current topics of discussion in the Adelphean Society include frivolity of dress fashions and the evils of card playing. Dues of 10 cents are collected weekly to build a fund to purchase books for the Adelphean library. Meeting agendas include prayer, songs, and original poetry recitations.

1852

The Founders Graduate and the Adelphean Roster Rises to 22

Only seven Adelphean members return to Wesleyan for the fall term. The original six Founders had all graduated. Two of Eugenia's sisters become members during this year, along with 13 other members, bringing the Adelphean Society roster to 22.

1852

The Philomathean Society is Founded

The Philomathean Society is founded at Wesleyan Female College. "Thus began a nearly always friendly rivalry with the Adelphean Society which was to last more than sixty years at Wesleyan." (Loyally, Vol. 1)

03/04/1852

1861

U.S. Civil War

Secessionist forces attack Fort Sumter in South Carolina, sparking the Civil War. By the time the war ended, as many as 750,000 people were dead, more than the U.S. military deaths in all other wars combined.

04/12/1861 - 04/09/1865

1865

Abraham Lincoln is Assassinated

In the first successful presidential assassination, President Abraham Lincoln is shot at Ford's Theatre and Andrew Johnson becomes President.

04/14/1865

1867

Pi Beta Phi is Founded

Pi Beta Phi, founded as I.C. Sorosis, becomes the first organization of college women established as a national college fraternity.

1867

1870

Rushing Comes into Vogue

The term "rushing" comes into vogue as young men "rush" to the train station to "pin" ribbons in fraternity colors on the jackets of boys visiting colleges and universities. Boys with ribbons on their jackets are seen as "taken," and no other fraternity could try to pin him.

1870 - 1879

1872

Constitution is Amended

Adelphean Society members amend the constitution due to the changing role of women in society. The world "domestic" is deleted from Article I: "This Society shall be called Adelphean, and shall have for its object the mental, moral, and social improvement of its members."

1872

1879

Kappa Alpha Theta is Founded

Kappa Alpha Theta, the first Greek-letter society for women, is founded at DePauw University.

01/1879

1882

Gamma Phi Beta is Founded

Gamma Phi Beta is named the first "sorority." Their advisor, a Latin professor, suggested fraternity was an ill-advised name for a group of young ladies.

1882

1896

Plessy v. Ferguson

The United States Supreme Court issues a ruling on Plessy v. Ferguson, establishing the separate-but-equal doctrine.

05/18/1896

1898

The Adelphean Society Goes National

Chi Omega begins its attempts to enter Wesleyan. They, of course, wanted the best women, so they tried to incorporate the Adelpheans and Philomatheans into their new group. Rather than be absorbed by Chi Omega, the Adelphean Society decides to become a national organization.

1898

Spanish-American War

The Spanish-American War begins with the U.S. intervening on the side of Cuba in the Cuban War of Independence. When the war ends, the United States temporarily controls Cuba and owns Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippine islands. The Philippines does not gain independence until 1946. Puerto Rico and Guam remain U.S. possessions to this day.

04/21/1898 - 08/13/1898

1901

President McKinley Assassinated

President William McKinley is assassinated, and Theodore Roosevelt becomes U.S. president.

09/14/1901

1903

The First World Series

The Boston Americans beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first World Series played in Major League Baseball.

1903

First in Flight

The age of flight is born as the Wright brothers stage the first successful flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

12/17/1903

1904

Charter of Incorporation

A committee of three, led by Jewel Davis, confer with attorney Dupont Guerry, the president of Wesleyan College, as to the procedure to become a national organization. They secure a charter of incorporation from the state of Georgia.

1904

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Jewel Davis Scarborough Portrait Photograph
1905

Adelphean Society Becomes Alpha Delta Phi

The Adelphean Society changes its name to Alpha Delta Phi. At the time of nationalization, Alpha Delta Phi has 60 active members and 3,000 alumnae.

1905

RELATED ITEMS
Idawee Harlan Jackson Badge, 1906
1906

First Grand Convention

The first Grand Convention is held in Macon, Georgia, with Elizabeth Moseley, president of Alpha Chapter, presiding. A National Council is elected consisting of all Alpha Chapter members and Elizabeth Moseley as the first president.

12/1906

RELATED ITEMS
First National Convention of the Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity Program, December 14-16, 1906
1907

The Adelphean

The first Adelphean is published. The publication reinforces their ideals and provides information about successful alumnae. The Adelphean provides the sorority world the story of the group's high standards, progress, and achievements.

1907

Second Grand Convention

The second Grand Convention is held in New Orleans, presided over by Newel Mason, the 19-year old Alpha Chapter president, who was also elected as the National President.

1907

1908

The Model T

Ford begins producing the Model T.

10/01/1908

1909

One Chapter, One Vote

The 1909 Convention moves, seconds, and carries, "that each active chapter have one vote and each alumnae chapter have one vote."

1909

1910

Alpha Delta Phi Joins NPC

Alpha Delta Phi is admitted into the National Panhellenic Conference.

1910

1911

Fourth Grand Convention

At the 1911 Grand Convention, work is done on the order of Initiation. Committees are chosen to work on the whistle, insignia, and an official flag. The unicorn is adopted as a symbol, replacing the dragon, which had been on the original coat of arms.

1911

1912

The Titanic

The British ocean liner RMS Titanic sinks.

04/15/1912

1913

Alpha Delta Phi Becomes Alpha Delta Pi

At the 1913 Grand Convention, the name of the organization is changed to Alpha Delta Pi.

1913

RELATED ITEMS
Minnie Allen Hubbard Badge with Rho Guard, c. 1912

Sororities Abolished at Wesleyan

The trustees at Wesleyan Female College vote to abolish sororities.

1913

1914

Provinces Established

The collegiate chapters are assembled into four provinces and four Province Presidents were appointed by the National Council.

1914

World War I

07/28/1914 - 11/11/1918

1915

Coat-of-Arms Modified

At the 1915 Grand Convention, the coat of arms is modified. The unicorn is changed to a lion rampant with a background of violets, and the English version of the open motto "We live for each other" is added.

1915

RELATED ITEMS
Alpha Delta Pi Coat of Arms, c. 1934-1948
1916

Alpha Chapter Closes

The last Alpha Chapter members graduate from Wesleyan College, closing the mother chapter.

1916

RELATED ITEMS
E.T. Fitzgerald to My Dear Jewel Letter, 1916
1917

The U.S. Enters World War I

The U.S. declares war on Germany, thus entering World War I.

04/06/1917

1919

Prohibition

The 18th Amendment becomes law, making liquor, beer, and wine illegal. Prohibition continues until 1933.

01/16/1919

1920

Votes for Women

After decades of speeches, rallies, parades and women demanding the right to vote at the federal level, the U.S. Secretary of State certifies the ratification of the 19th Amendment, stating that no citizen could be denied the right to vote on the basis of sex. Twenty-six million women become voters.

08/26/1920

1923

1923 Grand Convention

The National Song is adopted at the 1923 Grand Convention, and Province Presidents are removed from the National Council.

1923

RELATED ITEMS
National Song Sheet Music, 1923
1925

First Central Office Established

The sorority, concerned about centralization of services, establishes a central office in the home of Secretary and Treasurer Mary Kelly Shearer in Ames, Iowa.

1925

RELATED ITEMS
Iowa Central Office Photograph, c. 1925-1934
1927

The Jazz Singer

The Jazz Singer, the first feature-length motion picture with synchronized sound, is released.

10/06/1927

1928

Irma Tapp Becomes NPC Chairman

Irma Tapp, Omicron, becomes chairman of the National Panhellenic Conference.

1928

Eugenia Tucker Fitzgerald Dies

Founder Eugenia Tucker Fitzgerald passes away at the age of 94.

12/10/1928

RELATED ITEMS
Eugenia Fitzgerald Photograph May 15, 1924
1929

Second History of Alpha Delta Pi is Published

The second History of Alpha Delta Pi, written by Jessica North MacDonald, Theta, is published.

1929

First History of Alpha Delta Pi is Published

The first History of Alpha Delta Pi, written by Jessica North MacDonald, Theta, is published.

1929

The Great Depression

The Great Depression, the worst economic downturn in the history of the industrialized world, lasts from 1929-1939. At the beginning of the Depression, 25 percent of the workforce is unemployed, and hourly wages drop 60 percent.

1929 - 1939

Black Tuesday

The U.S. stock market crashes, beginning the Great Depression.

10/29/1929

1933

The End of Prohibition

The 21st Amendment passes, repealing the 18th Amendment and making alcohol legal once again.

12/05/1933

1934

Modernization and Reorganization

A constitutional revision takes place at the 1934 Grand Convention that results in modernization and re-organization.

1934

Central Office Moves to Berkeley

Alpha Delta Pi's Central Office moves to Hotel Claremont in Berkeley, California, where it stays from 1934-1947.

1934

RELATED ITEMS
Claremont Hotel Photograph
1935

Traveling Fellowships Established

Traveling Fellowships are established to provide chapters with guidance and assistance. The fellowship program was a forerunner of the Traveling Chapter Consultants program.

1935

1936

Governing Board Becomes Grand Council

The Governing Board of Alpha Delta Pi becomes known as the Grand Council after the 1936 Grand Convention.

1936

Wesleyan College Centennial

Wesleyan College's Centennial is celebrated by Alpha Delta Pi with a commemorative gift of a marble fountain inscribed with the names of the founders of the Adelphean Society, the Alpha Delta Pi coat of arms, founding date, and the open motto.

1936

1939

World War II

World War II sees more than 300,000 women serve in the military as part of the WACs, WAVEs and SPARs - including 240 ADPis. Many other women join the workforce while the men go off to war.

09/01/1939 - 09/02/1945

RELATED ITEMS
Unidentified Woman with American Ambulance Photograph, 1941-1945
1941

Pearl Harbor Attack

The Japanese attack Pearl Harbor and other U.S. possessions in the Pacific, prompting the United States to enter World War II.

12/07/1941

1942

Restoration of the Adelphean Room

Restoration is completed on the Adelphean Room at Wesleyan.

1942

RELATED ITEMS
Grand Officers in the Adelphean Room Photograph, c. 1948-1951
1946

A Committee on Civil Rights

President Harry S. Truman appoints the Committee on Civil Rights to investigate the status of civil rights in the United States.

1946

1948

Central Office Moves to Kansas City

The Central Office moves to Kansas City, Missouri, where it remains until 1955.

1948

The Creed of Alpha Delta Pi

Caralee Strock Stanard, Alpha Gamma, retires as Grand President, and part of her keynote address becomes The Creed of Alpha Delta Pi.

1948

RELATED ITEMS
Caralee Stanard Signing Copies of the Creed Photograph, 1981
1949

NATO

The U.S. and 11 other Western nations form the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

1949

1950

Korean War

The Korean War begins when Communist North Korean forces invade South Korea. Fighting ends when an armistice is signed on July 27, 1953, but the war never officially ends.

06/25/1950 - 07/27/1953

1951

Centennial Convention

Alpha Delta Pi holds its Centennial Convention at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia.

1951

RELATED ITEMS
Centennial Convention Old Timers' Fan Fare: Gamma Province Fashion Show Program, June 27, 1951
1954

Brown v. Board of Education

The U.S. Supreme Court rules unanimously that racial segregation in public schools is unconstitutional.

1954

1955

Memorial Headquarters Dedicated

Alpha Delta Pi dedicates its Memorial Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.

1955

RELATED ITEMS
Memorial Headquarters Photograph, c. 1955

Television

The number of television sets in the United States is at 32 million, up from just 3.1 million in 1950.

1955

Vietnam War

The undeclared war in Vietnam begins in 1955, lasting for 19 years.

11/01/1955 - 04/30/1975

1957

Sputnik

Sputnik, a Soviet satellite, is launched, beginning the Space Age.

10/04/1957

1960

The Beatles

The Beatles, widely regarded as the most influential rock 'n' roll band, form in Liverpool.

1960

U.S. Involvement in Vietnam

U.S. involvement in Vietnam escalates in 1960, with troop levels gradually surging from just under 1,000 in 1959 to more than 16,000 in 1963.

1960 - 1963

1962

James Meredith Enrolls at Ole Miss

James Meredith, an African American, enrolls at the previously all-white University of Mississippi. The campus riots, and 13,500 federal troops are called in.

1962

1963

Adelphean Room Moves to Cannonball House

The Adelphean Room is moved to the Old Cannon Ball House ini Macon, Georgia, now called the Cannonball House.

1963

RELATED ITEMS
Adelphean Room Postcard

JFK Assassination

President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas.

11/22/1963

1964

The Civil Rights Act

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is passed, ending segregation in public places and banning employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

1964

The Gulf of Tonkin

A U.S. destroyer allegedly clashes with a North Vietnamese fast-attack craft. In response, the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution gives President Lyndon B. Johnson broad authorization to increase U.S. military presence in Vietnam, deploying ground combat units for the first time and increasing troop levels from about 23,000 to 184,000.

08/02/1964

1965

Loyally, Volumes I and II is Published

Loyally, Volumes I and II, written by Grand Historian Virginia Lee Nelson, is published.

1965

1968

Support for the Vietnam War Declines

South Vietnamese forces are unable to withstand the Tet Offensive launched by the North Vietnamese in January and February of 1968, and U.S. forces have to defeat the North Vietnamese. The episode shows that the end of U.S. involvement is nowhere in sight, and domestic skepticism of the war increases.

1968

Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassination

Civil Rights Movement leader Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.

04/04/1968

1969

Man on the Moon

The Apollo 11 Mission puts a man on the moon.

07/20/1969

1970

Kent State Protests

Student protests against the Vietnam War result in the killing of four students by the National Guard at Kent State University in Ohio.

05/04/1970

1972

Diamond 4-Point Awards

The Diamond 4-Point Awards begin

1972

U.S. Congress Passes the ERA

The U.S. Congress passes the Equal Rights Amendment, stating that, "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the U.S. or any state on account of sex." In order to become law, it must be ratified by 38 states within 10 years.

1972

Title IX

Title IX is passed. Under the leadership of Virginia Friese Jacobsen, Alpha Theta, an exception allows fraternities and sororities to remain single-sex private organizations.

1972

Watergate

Police arrest men attempting to bug the Democratic National Committee headquarters, marking the beginning of the Watergate scandal.

06/17/1972

1973

U.S. Troops Withdraw from Vietnam

The U.S. ends direct military involvement in Vietnam, but the war does not end for another two years.

1973

Golden Lion Award

The Golden Lion Awards begin at the 1973 Grand Convention in Atlanta, Georgia.

1973

1974

Virginia Friese Jacobsen Becomes NPC Chairman

Virginia Friese Jacobsen, Alpha Theta, becomes the second Alpha Delta Pi Chairman of the National Panhellenic Conference.

1974

RELATED ITEMS
Virginia Jacobsen Portrait Photograph

President Nixon Resigns

Facing impeachment charges, President Richard Nixon becomes the first U.S. president to resign.

08/06/1974

1975

Fall of Saigon

Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, is captured, ending the Vietnam War.

04/30/1975

1976

Women in the Air Force

The U.S. Air Force Academy admits its first female student.

1976

1977

Maxine Blake Retires

Miss Maxine Blake, Alpha Theta, retires as Grand President after nearly 30 years and is named Grand President Emeritus.

1977

RELATED ITEMS
Maxine Blake Sitting by Reflecting Pond at Grand Convention Photograph, 1941
1980

Caralee Strock Stanard Named Grand Editor Emeritus

Caralee Strock Stanard, Alpha Theta, is named Grand Editor Emeritus of The Adelphean.

1980

RELATED ITEMS
Caralee Strock Stanard Portrait Photograph
1981

First Woman Appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court

Sandra Day O'Connor becomes the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

1981

MTV

MTV launches, featuring popular music videos.

08/01/1981

1982

The ERA Fails

The Equal Rights Amendment fails, after being ratified by only 35 of the necessary 38 states.

1982

1983

First American Woman in Space

Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space.

1983

1985

The Ozone Hole

A hole in the ozone layer is discovered.

1985

1986

Challenger Shuttle

The Challenger Shuttle explodes after launch.

01/18/1986

1987

Loyally, Volume III is Published

Loyally, Volume III, edited by Grand President Emeritus Maxine Blake, is published and given as a favor at the 1987 Grand Convention.

1987

Black Monday

Stock markets around the world crash, with the Dow Jones falling 508 points (22.61%).

10/19/1987

1989

Fall of the Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall comes down, providing a symbolic end to the Cold War.

11/1989

1990

The ADA

The Americans with Disabilities Act goes into effect.

1990

1991

Total Member Education

Alpha Delta Pi becomes the first NPC organization to abolish pledgeship and begins Total Member Education for all chapters.

1991

Operation Desert Storm

The U.S. leads coalition forces in war against Iraq.

1991

Fall of the Soviet Union

The Soviet Union collapses.

1991

1992

World Wide Web

The World Wide Web is born. In just two years, 3 million people are "on line." By 1998, that number increases to 100 million.

1992

1995

Oklahoma City Bombing

The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is bombed by a domestic terrorist. At least 168 people are killed, and more than 680 are injured. It is the deadliest terrorist attack in U.S. history up to this point.

04/19/1995

1996

Dolly the Sheep

Dolly the sheep is the first mammal to be cloned.

07/05/1996

1997

NASA Lands on Mars

American robotic spacecraft Pathfinder lands on Mars.

1997

1999

Columbine High School Massacre

Two students at Columbine High School commit a deadly massacre, killing 12 of their classmates and one teacher. It is the first high-profile school shooting.

04/20/1999

2000

A New Millennium

Millennium celebrations take place all over the world as a new century is ushered in. Fears about Y2K turn out to be unfounded.

01/2000

2001

150th Anniversary

Alpha Delta Pi celebrates its 150th Anniversary in Atlanta, Georgia. During a pilgrimage to Macon, Alpha Delta Pi dedicates its commemorative gift of an entrance gate to Wesleyan College.

2001

RELATED ITEMS
Alpha Delta Pi 150th Anniversary Convention Program, June 28-July 2, 2001

Sisters is Published

Sisters, Celebrating 150 Years of Alpha Delta Pi Sisterhood, written by Linda Welch Ablard, Alpha Omicron, is published.

2001

9/11

Terrorists hijack airplanes and crash them into the World Trade Center Towers, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. 2,996 people are killed, and more than 6,000 are injured in the attacks, with others dying from complications in the coming years. It is the deadliest terrorist attack in U.S. history.

09/11/2001

War in Afghanistan

The U.S.-led war in Afghanistan begins as an effort to remove the Taliban from power. While this goal is completed by the end of the year, U.S. and allied troops continue to fight Taliban insurgents for more than 18 years, and the war continues to this day.

10/07/2001

The iPod

Apple releases the iPod.

10/23/2001

2002

Graphics Standards Manual Introduced

The Alpha Delta Pi Graphics Standards Manual is introduced.

2002

2003

Executive Offices Groundbreaking

Alpha Delta Pi breaks ground for a new Executive Office building.

01/2003

Department of Homeland Security Created

2003

Iraq War

Believing Iraq possesses weapons of mass destruction, a U.S.-led coalition invades Iraq in 2003 and overthrows the government of Saddam Hussein. Although it turns out that Iraq did not have the weapons, the conflict continues for much of the next decade as insurgents oppose the new U.S.-backed government.

03/20/2003 - 12/18/2011

2004

New Website

The new Alpha Delta Pi Sorority website is launched.

2004

Maxine Blake Dies

Grand President (1948-1977) Emerita Maxine Blake, dies at age 100.

06/14/2004

RELATED ITEMS
Maxine Blake Sitting by Reflecting Pond at Grand Convention Photograph, 1941
2005

Past President's Badge Introduced

The Past President's Badge (with one row of diamonds and one row of sapphires) is introduced at the 2005 Grand Convention and presented to all past presidents.

2005

Media, Websites, and Internet Policy

The Alpha Delta Pi Sorority Statement of Policy Regarding Media, Websites, and Internet is released.

2005

Devastating Hurricanes

Hurricanes Dennis, Katrina, Rita, and Wilma devastate the southern U.S. in the fall of 2005. Several of ADPi's southern and gulf coast collegiate chapters, as well as hundreds of collegiate and alumnae members, are impacted.

2005

Lobbying in Washington

ADPi collegians join alumnae for Greek lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C.

04/2005

Headquarters and EO Dedication

A dedication is held for the newly renovated Alpha Delta Pi Memorial Headquarters and the newly built Executive Office building.

09/2005

RELATED ITEMS
Memorial Headquarters and Executive Office Dedication Program, September 25, 2005
2006

Delta Chapter Turns 100

Delta Chapter is the first Alpha Delta Pi chapter to celebrate its centennial anniversary.

04/01/2006

Zeta Chapter Turns 100

Zeta Chapter celebrates 100 years.

04/2006

2007

Global Financial Crisis

A global financial crisis begins with a crisis in the subprime mortgage market in the U.S., and becomes a full-blown international crisis with the collapse of the investment bank Lehman Brothers. It is considered by many to be the most serious financial crisis since the Great Depression.

2007 - 2008

The Adelphean Turns 100

The Adelphean celebrates 100 years in publication.

2007

2008

Barack Obama is Elected

Barack Obama becomes the first African-American president of the United States.

11/04/2008

2010

ADPi Facebook

The Alpha Delta Pi Facebook page launches, and ADPi becomes the first Greek group to include a shopping page on the Facebook app.

2010

2011

More Sisters

More Sisters, Celebrating Alpha Delta Pi Sisterhood, written by Linda Welch Ablard, Alpha Omicron, is published.

2011

Go Green Initiative

Alpha Delta Pi introduces the "Go Green" initiative to promote environmental sustainability at chapter houses.

2011

2013

Digital Archive

The Alpha Delta Pi Sorority Digital Archive is introduced.

2013

2014

Pi Portal

The Pi Portal, an online chapter-based membership management and data collection system, replaces paper forms and emails and allows for increased efficiency.

2014

2015

Alpha Beta Chapter Centennial

Alpha Beta Chapter celebrates its 100th anniversary.

2015

Live Your Oath

The "Live Your Oath" Alpha Delta Pi partnership with Sigma Phi Epsilon begins to educate members about sexual assault prevention.

2015

Fraternal Health and Safety Initiative

Alpha Delta Pi becomes the first women's sorority to join the Fraternal Health and Safety Initiative (FHSI), a consortium of eight national and international fraternity member clients.

04/2015

2018

Partnership with Max Gruver Foundation

Alpha Delta Pi partners with the Max Gruver Foundation to focus on bringing awareness of and an end to hazing.

2018

Adelphean Connections

The Adelphean Connections track, a new addition to the Leadership Seminar focused on community building through inclusive leadership, strengths exploration, and values alignment, is introduced.

2018

ADPi Presidents' Weekend

All eight past living presidents meet at EO to share their experience and wisdom.

03/2018

2019

Grand Council Structure Change

The Grand Council structure is changed from its original structure to a board governance style.

2019

Be the First

Alpha Delta Pi introduces the new Alpha Delta Pi brand, "Be the First," at the 2019 Grand Convention.

06/2019