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Historically Speaking

18 EpisodesProduced by Kylie SmithWebsite

All things Kappa Kappa Gamma and women's history.

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Students on Holiday...

November 26th, 2021


Colleges and universities often close in the fall around Thanksgiving and again in December. Historically students spent that time a bit differently …

Marking History - Founders Day Style

October 13th, 2021


In April 2009, Kappa Kappa Gamma placed two historic markers in Monmouth, Illinois, highlighting the places that played such an important role in the …

Founders Day 2021 - What a Milestone!

October 13th, 2021


Why do we celebrate Founders Day on October 13? When and where did the actual ceremony come from? And what about those neat pins people get? Kylie and Dr. Oz answer all the pressing questions around Founders Day and the …

Monmouth Duo...Literally??

September 24th, 2021


We're proud to be Kappas, but what about our sisters who are both Kappas AND members of other women's fraternities? Is that even allowed? Kylie is joined by special co-hosts Denise Rugani and Mary Osborne to discuss …

Alumnae, Alumnae...Potato, Potahto

August 27th, 2021


Kay and Kylie dive into the history of Kappas who are no longer in school. Kappa is for a lifetime, but that was a bit harder to see for our young …

That Little Blue (and blue) Box. Kappa and the Tiffany connection.

July 23rd, 2021


In 1909 the Beta Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma held initiation at Tiffany's. Wait, what?? Kay and Kylie explore some of the historical ties between Kappa Kappa Gamma and the famous company with the little blue …

What's in a Key?

June 25th, 2021


Kay and Kylie answer the question about the significance of the key. Spoiler alert, it's not just because it's the shape of our membership pin!

Rose McGill...a Sunny Wisp of Youth

May 21st, 2021


As we approach the 101st anniversary of the initiation of Rose McGill into Beta Psi Chapter at the University of Toronto, we reflect on the  beloved namesake of Kappa Kappa Gamma's well known financial assistance …

Two First Ladies and a Doctor...

March 5th, 2021


We may not have any famous relatives, but we all have some famous sisters! Kay tells us about Lucy Webb Hayes, Kylie covers her favorite First Lady from Iowa, Lou Henry Hoover, and surprise, Dr. Oz shares all the …


February 12th, 2021


Kay, Kylie, and Dr. Oz answer the question "Was Kappa the first and maybe the only women's fraternity to have a retirement home for alumnae?" We're not sure if we're the first or only, but we do know that plans for The …

A Coat of Many...Arms?

January 8th, 2021


Kappa Kappa Gamma is proud of our heraldically correct coat-of-arms that was approved in 1912. Through the years, however, it has often been called the crest. Kay and Kylie attempt to explain why it's actually both! 

A Victorian Christmas

December 18th, 2020


Kay and Kylie welcome special guest Dr. Mary Osborne, Director of the Stewart House Museum, to chat about the holiday traditions of the Victorians. …

Lambda Mu - Bonus

November 27th, 2020


When Monmouth College's newspaper The College Courier announced the founding of Kappa Kappa Gamma on October 13, 1870, there was an article just …

Who's First?

November 13th, 2020


Kylie and Kay try to figure out which of the National Panhellenic Conference organizations began first. Spoiler alert - it's not Kappa Kappa Gamma. The devil is in the details!

Historically Speaking - A Trailer!

November 11th, 2020


It's just a chat, between people who like history - particularly Kappa history.

A Halloween Party!

October 28th, 2020


We were asked how the Founders celebrated holidays, but we really only know about the very first Kappa social - a Halloween Party at Lou Stevenson's …

Happy Sesquicentennial Founders Day!

October 9th, 2020


Kylie and Kay hit the highlights of Kappa's founding, using letters from the Founders and the newspaper article that announced the arrival of this new organization on October 13, 1870.

Kate Shelly - A Real Lifesaver

September 4th, 2020


Kate Shelly saved a train full of passengers from imminent doom - all before she went to Simpson College and joined Kappa Kappa Gamma. 

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