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Miami University to receive "Mother of Fraternities" historical marker

04/04/2012

A new Ohio historical marker will soon be added to Miami University's campus to recognize the historical significance of fraternity and sorority life at Miami.

A dedication ceremony is planned at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in front of the Alpha Delta Phi house at 22 S. Campus Ave. The marker will note Miami as the "Mother of Fraternities," a nickname Miami has held for more than 100 years.

Chris Comer, a sophomore and member of Alpha Delta Phi, worked with his fraternity brothers to bring the new marker to campus, applying through the Ohio Historical Society. This will be the 10th historical marker at Miami.

Miami’s history of Greek life began with the formation of Alpha Delta Phi in 1833, the first fraternity west of the Allegheny Mountains. The university recognized Alpha Delta Phi in 1835. Now, Miami University is home to 33 fraternities and 21 sororities.

Of those 54 chapters, there are five local alpha chapters. The alpha chapters founded at Miami are Beta Theta Pi (1839), Phi Delta Theta (1848), Sigma Chi (1855), Delta Zeta (1902) and Phi Kappa Tau (1906). The alpha chapters have led to the creation of more than 740 chapters internationally, earning Miami the nickname of the “Mother of Fraternities.”

Ohio historical markers identify, commemorate and honor the important people, places and events that contribute to the state’s history. Since the program began in 1957, 1,346 sites have been marked, nine of which are located at Miami.

Ohio Historical Markers in Oxford

• Freedom Summer 1964
• Langstroth Cottage
• Miami University
• Stillwell’s Corners
• Black (Puch’s Mill) Covered Bridge
• DeWitt Family Settlement
• Doty Settlement
• Restoration Movement
• William Holmes McGuffey House

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