The Minnie Stewart House, located at 1015 Euclid Ave. in Monmouth, Illinois, is the site of the formation of women's fraternityKappa Kappa Gamma. The house was built by Judge James H. Stewart around 1865. Minnie Stewart, James' daughter and a student at Monmouth College, founded Kappa Kappa Gamma in the house in 1870. Minnie and five other students planned the fraternity through meetings in the house. The group adopted the key as their symbol and ordered a set of gold key badges, which they wore upon the official announcement of the fraternity in October. The fraternity was one of the first Greek organizations for women in the United States; in fact, it predated the use of the term "sorority" by twelve years. Women had only recently gained the opportunity to pursue higher education, and the early women's fraternities such as Kappa Kappa Gamma sprang from women's desires to organize themselves socially as men did through fraternities. While the Monmouth chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma shut down in 1884 after the college outlawed fraternal organizations, it has been reinstated and is currently active on the Monmouth Campus. The fraternity is still nationally prominent.