A Midwestern Tradition

It’s Homecoming week at Iowa!  After celebrating the University of Iowa’s annual tradition for more years than I care to admit, I got to wondering where/when “Homecoming” first came into being.

According to Wikipedia, “The tradition of Homecoming has its origins in alumni football games held at colleges and universities since the mid-19th century. Many schools lay claim to having the first Homecoming, but several seem to have the strongest claims. The NCAA, Trivial Pursuit, and Jeopardy! give the title to the University of Missouri’s 1911 football game during which alumni were encouraged to attend. The history of the University of Missouri Homecoming can be traced back to 1891, when the Missouri Tigers first faced off against the Kansas Jayhawks in football in the first installment of the Border War , which is also the oldest college football rivalry west of the Mississippi River.”

University of Missouri’s first Homecoming game in 1911

So, there you have it – your history lesson for the day.   To see UI festivities planned this week for Iowa’s Homecoming, visit   wordpress.iowalum.com/reunions/hrw.

Go Hawks! Beat Penn State!

Susan Griffith
Director of Alumni Programs

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  1. Posted September 27, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    IOWA’S FIRST HOMECOMING GAME! 1912 v Wisconsin!

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