Mitchell Memorial Library’s Fall exhibit celebrates Mississippi State University’s Homecoming tradition. MSU’s Homecoming was originally instituted as Dad’s Day in 1921 by President Hull, and was formed as a way for the faculty and staff to meet the fathers of their students and to allow the fathers the opportunity know the place where their sons would call home for four years. The first Dad’s Day football game was played in December against LSU. By 1937 the name of the event was changed to Homecoming and the Homecoming football games were moved to October shortly after. The first Homecoming Queen, Virginia Barfield, was elected in 1950 in a Homecoming Queen pageant.
The highlight of the exhibit is the crown worn by the 1961 Homecoming Queen, Lynda Mitchell. Other items on display include photographs of past Homecoming courts and queens, Reveille’s documenting Homecoming games and events, vintage Homecoming football programs, alumni memorabilia, vintage Dad’s Day programs, and photographs of past Homecoming parades, events and court elections.
Located in the 2nd floor atrium of the library, this exhibit is free to the public and will be available for viewing through November 23rd.
For information on this exhibit or any other exhibits, please contact Jana Hill. To view more MSU Homecoming materials and other MSU memorabilia, visit the library’s Special Collections on 3rd floor of the library or contact Special Collections.
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