Homecoming has a rich history, dating back to 1914. Here are our Homecoming Themes through the years.
Photographs courtesy of the University of Minnesota Archives, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.
- Back to Campus
- Homecoming at the University of Minnesota officially kicked-off with an alumni dinner, concert and dance.
- Homecoming events were put on hold due to WWI.
- The halftime show at the football game consisted of gymnastics, tumbling acts and melodrama of the Ozarks titled "The Moonshiner's Last Stand".
- Noise bombs were set off to call people to assemble for the parade.
- The homecoming football game was the first game to be played at Memorial Stadium, located where McNamara Alumni Center now stands.
- "Rope Wisconsin" Wild West Roundup
- For the 'Rope Wisconsin' theme, expert cowboys were brought in to perform a wild west rough-riding show.
- The Homecoming Parade was billed as the world's largest parade at 2 miles long and 170 cars and floats.
- War shortages meant there was no bonfire, pepfest, house decorations or parade.
- Husk the Huskers
- Mallard ducks were released during the halftime show to celebrate Minnesota Conservation and Sportsmanship.
- Residence Halls sponsored the Homecoming coronation ball for the first time.
- Silence Illi-Noise
- Dayton's 8th Floor promoted Homecoming with a fashion show.
- Prizes were awarded to Greek Houses who won the house front decorating contest.
The Vietnam War and the mood of the era
significantly impacted Homecoming.
- Gopher Fans did not celebrate homecoming except for four Greek houses in 1971.
- When Homecoming was revived in 1973, the bonfire was not allowed for environmental issues.
- They stopped having a Homecoming Queen from 1970 to 1975 on the premise that it was not an appropriate expectation of women due to the feminist movement.
- A circus was hosted on the front plaza of Coffman Memorial Union.
- Homecoming goes back to Minnesota's roots: one event is the Farmer's Share Breakfast where diners eat a full breakfast and pay the share a farmer would receive.