[WorldKings – World Almanac Event 2022] 124th anniversary of the establishment of the Zeta Tau Alpha (October 15, 1898 - October 15, 2022)


(worldkings.org) Zeta Tau Alpha (known as ΖΤΑ or Zeta) is an international women's fraternity founded on October 15, 1898 at the State Female Normal School (now Longwood University) in Farmville, Virginia. Its International Office is located in Carmel, Indiana. It is a member of the National Panhellenic Conference and currently has more than 257,000 initiated members.

In the late 1800's, Zeta Tau Alpha was founded by nine young women attending the State Female Normal School (later Longwood College) in Farmville, Virginia. In 1897, the group was referred to by Maud Jones (one of the founders) as "our little crowd". However, Zeta Tau Alpha did not become an official Greek Letter organization for another full year.



ZTA would become one of the "Farmville Four" which would see women's Greek Letter societies begin to form in the south. Women's national organizations had already established themselves in the north, but due to the War between the States extension into the south was not an option. Indeed, two groups had already formed in the south but nearly failed due to the War. The timing and the place was right when Zeta Tau Alpha along with three other groups sprang into being in the late 1890's.

Although this "circle of friends" that would soon become Zeta Tau Alpha had already been meeting, it was Kappa Delta who first announced its formation at Farmville in 1897 followed by Sigma Sigma Sigma in 1898. It wasn't until one of the nine founders of ZTA had been asked to join one these newly formed groups that "the girls realized definitely that they must now consolidate their position, and the development served as an incentive which hastened the formal founding of Zeta Tau Alpha."

1903, the first national convention was held in Farmville and it was here that the name of the fraternity's official publication Themis was decided. It was also at this convention that Zeta Tau Alpha officially adopted the term "fraternity" instead of "sorority" to distinguish the organization from those directly affiliated with men's fraternities.



In 1909, the organization joined the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), an umbrella organization consisting of women's fraternities and sororities, in order to expand. This resulted in the first closure of its Alpha chapter at Longwood University.

In 1954, Zeta Tau Alpha established the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation. The ZTA Foundation is a non-profit organization devoted to funding scholarships for sisters, providing educational programming, and supporting the national philanthropy of ZTA which is breast cancer education and awareness. In 1974, Zeta Tau Alpha Housing Corporation was founded. The organization serves to manage official ZTA facilities used by its chapters.

Now ZTA is the 3rd largest NPC group with 223 chartered collegiate chapters throughout the United States and Canada and over 260 active Alumnae organizations. Thereby giving Zeta Tau Alpha the distinction of being an International Fraternity.

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According to en.wikipedia.org; uh.edu.

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