Make Our Spirits Great: 100 Years of Homecoming History

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10-Oct-2012 Newsletter article

This year's October 27th football game against Baylor for Homecoming 2012 will be the 100th anniversary of Homecoming here at Iowa State. Homecoming has been an annual tradition since 1912, when Samuel Beyer, Iowa State's "patron saint" of athletics, suggested the idea. The first homecoming game was against our fellow state rival, the University of Iowa. Then as now, this was usually a very well-attended game on campus and it was decided this would be the best game for that first Homecoming. The first Homecoming celebration was a great success, and Homecoming has become an annual event here at Iowa State. A variety of activities have taken place at Iowa State's Homecomings, some continuing to this day. Homecoming events have included barbeques, banquets, parades, float competitions, tailgate celebrations, picnics, pep rallies, bonfires, Yell-Like-Hell, reunions, and dances.

The Special Collections Department has put together both an online exhibit and an exhibit in the Special Collections Department Reading Room. To learn more about the history of Homecoming here at Iowa State, please visit our Reading Room exhibit "Make Our Spirits Great: 100 Years of Homecoming History" or the online exhibit: The University Archives also houses collections documenting Homecoming, and these are available for research use in the Reading Room (Monday-Friday, 9-4).

If you have questions regarding the exhibit, please contact the Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library at 515-294-4216, or visit our website at

Iowa State Homecoming game 1912
A play in the first Iowa State Homecoming game
on November 16, 1912 against the University of Iowa.

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