The P.E.O. Sisterhood, founded on the campus of Iowa Wesleyan College January 21, 1869, is a philanthropic educational organization interested in bringing women increased opportunities for higher education. Begun as a campus society nearly one hundred and forty years ago and developed in its formative years by Iowa Wesleyan alumnae and Mt. Pleasant members, P.E.O. has grown to currently over 300,000 initiated members in nearly 6,000 local chapters across the United States and Canada.
The international headquarters of P.E.O., including the P.E.O. Foundation and THE P.E.O. RECORD (the official publication), are located in the P.E.O. Executive Office, 3700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, Iowa 50312-2899, telephone 515.255.3153. The website is www.peointernational.org
For Iowa Wesleyan College information about P.E.O. birthplace and community tours, as well as Founders' Day programming, contact Carol Nemitz, Special Assistant to the President, 601 North Main, Mount Pleasant, Iowa 52641 telephone 319.385.6217.