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Greencastle in Putnam County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Women in Greencastle History

 
 
Women in Greencastle History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, June 10, 2012
1. Women in Greencastle History Marker
Inscription. The Post-Civil War years in Greencastle were significant for women. Because they had proved themselves so capable at filling jobs usually held by men, new doors opened for them. In 1867 Indiana Asbury University (later renamed DePauw University) admitted four qualified young ladies. According to George Manhart, DePauw historian, the question was, “Where should these first co-eds sit in the chapel?” It was suggested that they sit in the rear. Bettie Locke, acknowledged leader of the four, replied “Women take a back seat? NEVER.” So they marched to the front, while the men stamped their feet.

On January 27, 1870, the four young women met secretly to organize Kappa Alpha Theta. They appeared in chapel on March 14 wearing their kite-shaped pins - larger than the pins of any of the fraternities. Thus was born the first college sorority in the country. The girls graduated in the class of 1871.

With this example leading them on, two Greencastle ladies had a vision of a club for those of their sex who shared a desire for cultural and educational outlet. Elizabeth Ames and Frances Donnohue took a walk in November 1874 and made plans for such a group. Local historian John Clark Ridpath wrote their constitution, and today Greencastle Women’s Club is the oldest continuously active women’s club in the
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By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, June 10, 2012
2. Marker Photo
state of Indiana.

The club idea grew like wildfire all over the United States as women began to use their talents and make their ideas known and accepted.
 
Erected by Heritage Preservation Society.
 
Location. 39° 38.635′ N, 86° 51.813′ W. Marker is in Greencastle, Indiana, in Putnam County. Marker is at the intersection of South Vine Street and East Washington Street (U.S. 231), on the right when traveling south on South Vine Street. Click for map. Located on "Heritage Wall" on the bottom row - - third from the right end. Marker is in this post office area: Greencastle IN 46135, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Founding of Greencastle, Indiana (here, next to this marker); Prevo 1900 - 1992 (here, next to this marker); Abraham Lincoln's Biography (here, next to this marker); The Founding of the Lilly Family in Greencastle, Indiana (here, next to this marker); Cannon's Men's Wear 1891 -- 1985 (here, next to this marker); Eli Lilly & The Civil War ( 1861--1865 ) (here, next to this marker); John Dillinger Was Here (here, next to this marker); The Ancient Peoples Who Once Walked Here (here, next to this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Greencastle.
 
Also see . . .
"Heritage Wall" image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, June 10, 2012
3. "Heritage Wall"
 "Theta History" ::. (Submitted on June 14, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
 
Categories. EducationFraternal or Sororal Organizations
 
Full View - - "Heritage Wall" image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, June 10, 2012
4. Full View - - "Heritage Wall"
Other View - - "Heritage Wall" image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, June 10, 2012
5. Other View - - "Heritage Wall"
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 278 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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