P.E.O. in Indiana, Chapter A
The P.E.O. Sisterhood was brought to Indiana by Laura Craven (Rice) when the Sisterhood was only 17 years old. The chapter organized in Thorntown was the first in Indiana, the second chapter east of the Mississippi and the second outside of the state of Iowa. This chapter was originally designated "Chapter U, Iowa" and organized March 25, 1886. The re-lettering by state was passed in 1893, and the chapter became Chapter A, Indiana.
In 1905, with a membership of forty-six, Chapter A and Thorntown was host to the
seventeenth Convention of Supreme Grand Chapter (now known as the International Convention) held biennially since 1893. About one hundred delegates and almost as many visitors attended.
Thorntown was also the location of the first Indiana State Convention, held June 28, 29 and 30, 1923. Eighteen delegates represented the nine Indiana chapters. Today, there are over 140 chapters in Indiana.