The Triangle • Spring 2015

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Trinkets Fit for Tinseltown: Convention Favors that

Sparkle and Shine By: Liz Johns, Delta Omicron • National Archivist A long-time Convention tradition has been to send

of stylish Sigmas, but they have been cleaned up and

Sigmas off with a small trinket as a memento. These

displayed in the Memorial Room in the Walton House

favors adorn the desks, dressers, nightstands and jewelry

to take us back in time.

armoires of Sigmas around the country.

Come see these and more at the 50th Anniversary

If you have been to a recent Convention, you may have

Celebration in May! Speak with the Archivist and

left with a silver badge box, a desk clock, or a piece of

members of the Archives Committee as you explore the

jewelry. Jewelry and jewelry storage seem to have been

house and celebrate 50 years of Tri Sigma in Woodstock.

among the most frequently distributed Convention favors—if you attended the Minneapolis Convention in 2010, you may be wearing a compass pendant necklace. Badge boxes have also remained popular throughout Convention history. At a recent Convention, Sigmas received silver jewelry boxes to store and protect their precious badges. Earlier Conventions distributed small,

We invite you to share information about any Convention favors you have collected over the years, and special stories you remember about Conventions past. For questions about the Archives and its collections, or submitting materials to the Archives, contact Liz Johns, National Archivist at

flat gold boxes lined with red felt, with our crest adorning the lid. And through the years we have seen Convention favors change with the styles of the times. How about a silver seashell ashtray? What would you have brought home if you had attended the 1908 Convention in Lynchburg, Virginia? Or the 1917 Convention in Edgewater Beach in Chicago? At the 1908 Convention, Bess Bennett Brower Willis, Gamma, was elected our second national president, and Sisters went home with a round pin featuring a smaller version of the indented triangle badge. Many Sisters pinned these to their coats and sweaters, but we have only one left in our collection. In 1917, women were accessorizing their hats with pins that were not only chic, but also functional. (Women had to pin their hats into their hair to keep them on their heads— we’re not talking about ball caps here!) The Archives still has a few hatpins in the collection, including the triple sigma pin, and the 1917 Edgewater Beach Convention pin. Today, these items are no longer adorning the hats

Top // Badge box from a previous Convention Bottom Left // 1908 Convention Favor Bottom Right // Hat pins from Convention 1917 The Tr i a n g l e |