History of Phi Delta Kappa

“When I think that a small group of boys, none more than eighteen years of age, formed an organization which has endured for twenty-five years, which has grown from a membership of less than ten to an active membership of 2,500, which has seventy-six chapters and which flourishes in five states.  I feel that the foundation of this organization was indeed, an achievement.  I, for one, am proud of it and no honor that might come to me, were I in a position to merit honors, could possibly equal that of being one of the Founders of Phi Delta Kappa.
“How little did any of us dream, on that bright June day of 1902, that we were building for the future; that we were laying foundations upon a solid rock for the rearing of a beautiful structure in which brotherly love was to abide and which was to engender strength of purpose and nobility of character in a mighty army of worthy young Americans.”
Paul R. Martin – National Master of Ceremonies – 1926

PDK Timeline

1911
November 4

Beta Beta Chapter (Wabash, IN) – Charter Granted

Started with 15 members.
1912
April 17

Beta Eta ~ Winchester, Indiana

1913
October 3

Ohio Eta Chapter (Greenville, OH) – Charter Granted

Started with 15 members.
December 6

Beta Nu Chapter (Kokomo, IN) – Charter Granted

Started with 8 members.
December 13

Beta Nu ~ Kokomo, Indiana

1914
January 1

First PDK Song

The first Phi Delt song was written in early 1914.  It was written by Professor Edgar Riley of Marion at that time a member of Gamma Chapter.  Professor Riley later became an active member of Alpha Chapter, Marion. “Phi Delt Days” Here’s to good old Phi Delt Days, Here’s to good old Phi Delt Ways, Here’s to the girls, we love them all, Here’s to our brothers, short and tall. Now here’s to our colors, red and black, And here’s to our wives, till we get back. They never saw the streets of Louie-ville, And that is why we celebrate This good old Phi Delt day.
January 6

Ohio Theta Chapter (Lancaster, OH) – Charter Granted

Started with 15 members.
1920
January 1

Gamma Theta ~ Danville, Indiana

1922
February 1

Gamma Lambda ~ Michigan City, Indiana

*Note: exact date in February 1922 is unknown at this time.
1924
October 24

Delta Nu ~ Plymouth, Indiana

1935
November 4

Zeta Eta ~ LaPorte, Indiana

1936
June 21

Mississippi Alpha ~ Meridian, Mississippi

1964
May 17

Florida Mu ~ Lake Worth, Florida

1971
May 3

Florida Nu ~ West Palm Beach, Florida

2000
January 5

Florida Alpha Lambda ~ Tampa, Florida

And the PDK Story Continues……