Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity was founded on June 28, 1920 at the University of Central Missouri (formerly known as Central Missouri State Teachers College) and set up their first house at 101 Ming and Holden Street. The fraternity was born out of the desires and aspirations of seventeen men in the belief that all men are social creatures and that friendships of college men are lasting ones. It rose as a result of friendships made while in the service of their country during World War I in France. By dedicating themselves to the highest ideals of manhood, honor, and citizenship, they would inspire thousands of men from all parts of the country who would follow in their footsteps.
In accordance with the founding of Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity at Central Missouri State Teachers College, the fraternity created new chapters on the campuses surrounding teachers colleges. Since the fraternity’s beginnings in 1920, they have since spread to more than 140 university campuses across the United States but the Beta Chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma remains the organizations pride. Having initiated more members than any other chapter in the country, it was fitting that Mayor Robert Funk declared Kirksville, Missouri the “Sigma Tau Gamma Capital of the World!”