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Last updated: 02/21/2009

History of Sigma Sigma Sigma
"I can't remember who met who first, or who loved who first- All I remember... is us being together."~St. Elmo's Fire
Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority was founded on April 20, 1898 at Longwood College in Farmville, Virginia by eight woman:  Margaret Batten, Louise Davis, Martha Trent Featherson, Isabella Merrick, Sallie Michie, Lelia Scott, Elizabeth Watkins, and Lucy Wright. They were looking for many of the same things you are seeking in a sorority in a sorority-friendship, leadership opportunities, involvement in campus activities, and a support group while preparing for life after college. Thus, they envisioned the National Sisterhood of Sigma Sigma Sigma.

The early Sigmas saw a need for both legal recognition as well as social body and a written record of organization. Thus the early Alphas (1st chapter of our founders) filed documents with the Commonwealth of Virginia and Sigma Sigma Sigma received its Charter of Incorporation on February 12, 1903.
Giant steps were taken in Sigma's first decade with the establishment of additional collegiate chapters and the meetings of the entire membership at Conventions. The national nature of Tri Sigma was established with the Publication of The Triangle, the standardization of a ceremony for new members and the creation of a program to celebrate Founders Day.

Each initiated member receives the latest edition of Tri Sigma's story, The Years Remembered of Sigma Sigma Sigma; The Path from Farmville, which chronicles the beginning of each collegiate chapter as well as the evolution of our National Organization. Members also receive a lifetime subscription to our national magazine The Triangle of Sigma Sigma Sigma, which charts Sigma's progress three times a year.

The circle of friendship that began in the 1890s, with eight women sharing common experiences, now encompasses more than 80,000 women representing the diversity found on the college campuses of today. The growth and change that occurred in the many decades to follow always stayed true to the ideals of friendship espoused by the Founders.


The Local History of the Beta Tau Chapter of
Sigma Sigma Sigma

Twelve sophomore girls organized the local sorority Delta Pi Delta in January of 1952 at the University of Detroit (later renamed University of Detroit Mercy) campus with the intention of joining a national sorority. When the Tri Sigma national leadership conference met in Detroit that fall, a committee of five girls asked for a conference with Executive Council to explain their organization. With an emphasis on social service the group launched a variety of campus activities. The group quickly grew to installation standards and the installation ceremonies were conducted by National President Nelda Francis Crawford