Sigma Nu Chapter History

Founded in 1867, Delta Theta operated as a unique independent Fraternity at Lombard College College in Galesburg, Illinois. It existed as a small local chapter until 1869, when it converted into a Chapter of Delta Tau Delta for the next sixteen years.

Following a disagreement, the Chapter returned to its status as an independent chapter. The Brothers felt the need for a broader and more concrete fraternity. On April 8, 1891, a delegate from the Sigma Nu national office visited the Lombard campus, where he declared Delta Theta as the 13th Chapter of Sigma Nu National Fraternity. Delta Theta was also considered one of the best Chapters in the nation regarding its finances and academics.

During the Great Depression, Lombard College faced severe financial and admission difficulties and merged with Knox College on July 1, 1930. This presented an interesting challenge for the Brothers because Knox College required the Chapter to move to campus, even after completing construction on a new Chapter house located several miles away from campus. Eventually, the college allowed the chapter to keep the house for ten years, and in 1932 the Fraternity sold the house and purchased a home closer to campus.

The Chapter was suspended during World War II and was reactivated in a stronger position, allowing it to purchase a new home. Delta Theta outgrew this home within seven years and built a new home where the current Umbeck Science-Mathematics Center is located.

In 1965, Delta Theta moved again and remained in this home until the early 2000’s. Due to structural issues in the house, the Chapter operated from a hotel for a year until moving into its current house located at 556 S West St in 2005.

During the Covid 19 pandemic, the Chapter operated virtually and is in the process of returning to normal in the 2021 school year.