Homecoming History

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

1914
Back to Campus
Homecoming at the University of Minnesota officially kicked-off with an alumni dinner, concert and dance.
1918-1920
Homecoming events were put on hold due to WWI.
1921
The halftime show at the football game consisted of gymnastics, tumbling acts and melodrama of the Ozarks titled "The Moonshiner's Last Stand".
1923
Noise bombs were set off to call people to assemble for the parade.
1924
The homecoming football game was the first game to be played at Memorial Stadium, located where McNamara Alumni Center now stands.
1931
"Rope Wisconsin" Wild West Roundup
For the 'Rope Wisconsin' theme, expert cowboys were brought in to perform a wild west rough-riding show.
1942
The Homecoming Parade was billed as the world's largest parade at 2 miles long and 170 cars and floats.
1943
War shortages meant there was no bonfire, pepfest, house decorations or parade.
1951
Husk the Huskers
Mallard ducks were released during the halftime show to celebrate Minnesota Conservation and Sportsmanship.
1960
Residence Halls sponsored the Homecoming coronation ball for the first time.
1964
Silence Illi-Noise
Dayton's 8th Floor promoted Homecoming with a fashion show.
1970
Prizes were awarded to Greek Houses who won the house front decorating contest.
1970-1975
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.
1986
A circus was hosted on the front plaza of Coffman Memorial Union.
1996
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.
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