Kappa Kappa Kappa

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Kappa Kappa Kappa Society
The Kappa Kappa Kappa Seal
Founded July 13, 1842; 172 years ago (1842-07-13)
Dartmouth College
Type Social
Motto Tui Filii Dartmuthensi Tuoque Honori Fidelis
Colors Dartmouth Green
Chapters 1
Headquarters 1 Webster Avenue
Hanover, New Hampshire, USA
Homepage http://www.tri-kap.com/
Tri-Kap, view from front lawn looking west.

Kappa Kappa Kappa (Tri-Kap) is a local men's fraternity at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. The fraternity was founded in 1842 and is the second-oldest fraternity at Dartmouth College. Tri-Kap is the oldest local fraternity in the United States.[citation needed] It is located at 1 Webster Avenue, Hanover, New Hampshire.

Despite offers to establish additional branches at other institutions, the brotherhood of Tri-Kap has remained a single-school institution for the duration of its history and is not a chapter of any national organization. Today it is one of the many recognized Dartmouth College Greek organizations.


Early years[edit]

Dartmouth College was founded by Eleazar Wheelock in 1769 for "the education of the Indian youth, English youth...and any others." Fourteen years later the first student society came into existence, and student societies and the College have been intertwined ever since.

For much of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, two societies vied for preeminence: the "Socials" (officially the Society of Social Friends, est. 1783) and the "Fraters" (the United Fraternity, est. 1786). By 1815, half of the College were members, and a fierce competition existed between the two in order to attract the finest students.

In 1842, a dispute arose within the Fraters regarding a vote on the organization's leadership. The fracture resulted in the formation of Psi Upsilon, by those who supported John Tyler in the contest, and Kappa Kappa Kappa, by those who supported Harrison Hobart.

The society[edit]

Tri-Kap was founded on July 13, 1842, by Harrison Carroll Hobart and two of his closest companions, Stephen Gordon Nash, and John Dudley Philbrick, all Class of 1842. The society was based on the principles of democracy, loyalty to Dartmouth, and equality of opportunity. Originally a literary and debate society, Tri-Kap officially became a social society in 1905 and has remained so ever since.

Physical plants[edit]

Tri-Kap was the first student society at Dartmouth with its own meeting place, a building called The Hall, which was originally located where the Hopkins Center for the Arts stands today. Opened on July 28, 1860, the Hall served as Tri-Kap's home until the Society moved into the Parker House in 1894. Parker House was located where the modern-day Silsby Hall stands. In 1923, the Society moved into 1 Webster Avenue, where it resides to this day.

Modern history[edit]

Tri-Kap became an official social society in 1905. Since this time Tri-Kap has remained popular on the Dartmouth campus as one of Dartmouth's largest and most popular fraternities with over 60 brothers hailing from across the United States and around the world.

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