Fraternal connections :)

Category: What on Earth!?

It was a pleasure conversing today (via email) with KW of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at the University of New Mexico.

These connections are taking us all over the place.

It started with this:

And then I found this:

"The Beta Delta Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha is not only the first fraternity on the University of New Mexico campus; it is also the first in the entire state. What began as a social club called the Yum Yum Boys before the turn of the century evolved into the Alpha Alpha Alpha Fraternity. It was the Tri-Alpha Fraternity, in conjunction with then-university president William G. Tight that designed and built the historic landmark known around campus and the world as the Estufa. On May 22, 1915, Tri-Alpha was Absorbed into the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, and into the history books. The Beta Delta Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha is the only chapter of any fraternity in the world that has its chapter building separated from the rest of the house."

Okay. So I sent them a note. And they sent one back. And that's a little bit of their history going home.

Somehow might there be a connection between a young W heading out to San Diego via New Mexico and picking up a print in New Mexico which we also found in the house...? I'm stretching on this one. It's a mystery.

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I might be able to help you out identifying the print...if you've got a rush, you've got plenty else to snap.

Sorry! I should have been more clear! We have a lithograph from an American artist in New Mexico in the early part of the is small, maybe 4 X 5 inches. When we researched the artist, we figured out his story (where he lived and practiced his art).

No photos from New Mexico. I wish we had those!

Thank you sir! May I have another?


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