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Chapter History

You have to know where you’ve been to know where you are going. Kappa holds a special place in its heart for Fraternity history, but every chapter of our organization has unique beginnings of its own. Each plays a part in shaping us today. Read more about our chapters’ histories in Kappa's digital archives.

Kappa Kappa Gamma was founded at the University of Colorado at Boulder April 5, 1901. We are so grateful to our founders for creating such a wonderful environment for young women to find their home away from home as well as the girls we are proud to call our sisters! 


1870 - October 13, Now celebrated as Founders Day. Golden Key was first worn by 6 Founders.

1882 - The Golden Key, our first women's fraternity magazine was published

1890 - Convention adapted Fleur de lis and sapphire as the jewel

1900 - First Chapter house built by Beta Eta, Stanford

1910 - First Canadian Chapter

1943 - First sorority to establish a Women’s Center


1981 - Established Heritage Museum

1989 - Kappa Foundation Established

Beta mu founded: April 5, 1901

We bought our house in 1920 @ 1134 University for only $21,000

World War II Era - We turned our house into a Red Cross Relief station to help with War efforts

We added the Annex in 1951, Chapter room was originally Labeled as ping pong room

Denver Kappa Fund Started in the 1960’s

We won Songfest 3 years in a row in the 1980’s