Libraries’ Fourth Annual Homecoming Display


Karen Peden, 65, visiting from Texas, looks through items at the Third Annual Homecoming display on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012.
Karen Peden, visiting from Texas, sifts through historical publications at the Third Annual Homecoming display at Ohio University’s Alden Library on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. (Photo by Lauren Pond/Ohio University Libraries)

On Friday, October 11th and Saturday, October 12th from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., the proverbial memory lane begins at Alden Library’s Fourth Annual Homecoming display. This increasingly popular event offers visitors a cornucopia of Bobcat memorabilia from decades past.

The story of OHIO will unfold across 20 tables piled high with historical materials including century-old newspapers, hundreds of photographs and dozens of yearbooks, sports and event programs, maps, posters and student handbooks, scrapbooks, magazines, dance cards, dorm newsletters, and other University mementos. 

Visitors are encouraged to flip through the Green Goat, a student humor magazine, review rules in the 1964 women’s handbook — for example, an accumulation of 10 “late minutes” results in a loss of phone privileges — and read articles about the 1970s protests that shut down the University. The materials are sure to reignite fading memories and revive long-forgotten stories. 

Bill Kimok, university archivist and records manager, suggests that visitors interact with the memorabilia, find the pieces that reflect their places in OHIO’s history, and then share those findings with old college friends. “Homecoming Weekend is all about renewing old acquaintances and remembering the past at Ohio University,” said Kimok. 

The Fourth Annual Homecoming display can be found on the fourth floor of Alden Library, on Friday, October 11th and Saturday, October 12th from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For those who cannot make it to Athens this year, OHIO yearbooks and other items are available to view on the Libraries’ Digital Collections website.