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Kappa Alpha Theta is thrilled to announce a special heritage exhibit, called "Bettie and Her Family: Four Generations of Thetas," which will run from January 23 to June 2 at Theta headquarters in Indianapolis. It features "a treasure trove" of recent acquisitions from the family of founder Bettie Locke Hamilton.

Items in the collection include photographs and tintypes, clothing and accessories, Theta memorabilia, and hundreds of letters, from Bettie as well as from her daughters, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter, also Thetas.

These artifacts—many of which were donated by the family of Bettie’s great-granddaughter—reflect not only the family's involvement in the first Greek-letter fraternity for women but also the personal and professional lives of five college-educated women over 150 years.

As we approach Theta's sesquicentennial in 2020, "Bettie and Her Family" is an especially timely and significant event. Through this exhibit, we can hear the voices of Bettie and her Theta descendants across the years and reflect on their impact on our own lives through Kappa Alpha Theta.

Fraternity President Laura Doerre invites you to visit the exhibit:

Experience the Exhibit

You are cordially invited to experience the "Bettie and Her Family" exhibit… whether in person or virtually.

  • To schedule a personal visit, please email Theta's staff archivist, Noraleen A. Young, CA.
  • To follow along remotely, continue to visit this website and join Theta on social media. We’ll showcase some of the collection and feature discussions with Noraleen and special exhibit visitors.