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The Dorian Society was organized at Hope College in 1921. The name Dorian represents that which is highest, finest, and simplest. The Doric column, notable for its strength, simplicity, and beauty, became the symbol of the society. Lavender and gold were chosen as the society’s official colors and the yellow rose became the symbol of Dorian friendship. Dorian was the first sorority at Hope College to break away from the classic sorority uniform style and the first to request a sorority house on campus. Hope College agreed to give the sorority a house in the fall of 1970. Dorian was temporarily given Kleis Cottage as their first sorority house. Due to widespread conflict over the Vietnam War and civil rights issues felt on campuses across the nation, the Dorian Sorority members became divided and disbanded, temporarily, on February 18, 1971. The Dorian Sorority was reinstated in 1988. The collection contains alumni information, bid acceptances, photograph composites of members, constitution, cottage photographs, disbandment materials, photograph albums, Dorian Doings, history, homecoming materials, scrapbooks, minutes, news clippings, new member book, pledge information, record book, reinstatement materials, Roll Book, and songs.


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