Rachel Jane "Jennie" Nicol

  • The Holt House
  • Historic Holt House Sign
  • Directions to the Pi Beta Phi House

Holt House

Although Jennie Nicol was not able to attend the very first meeting of I.C. Sorosis or the signing of the constitution at the Holt House, she did spend ample time at the Holt House. Her best friend, Emma Kilgore, lived in the Holt House during her time at Monmouth College.

The Holt House, located at (402 E 1st Ave, Monmouth, IL 61462), was the home of the mayor of Monmouth in (1875-75,1876-77). During this time there were no dormitories on Monmouth College's campus, so students had to find housing off campus. Mayor Holt rented two of his rooms to Monmouth College students including two founding Pi Beta Phi founders. It was in these girl's room that the original Pi Beta Phi constitution, then I.C. Sorosis, was signed and where their organization held meetings.
In 1940, the Holt House was bought by the next door neighbor and donated to Pi Beta Phi who still owns the house in Monmouth today.

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