COLUMBIA — MU Homecoming enlivens a fall week in Columbia each year with long-held traditions such as the parade, Greektown house decorations and the big football game. As you make your plans for this weekend, check out the Missourian's Homecoming coverage from previous years to recall your favorite activities and reflect on some history behind the celebration.
- Did MU invent homecoming? Tigers like to brag that former Missouri head coach Chester Brewer came up with the idea to invite alumni to "come home" when the football team faced off against Kansas.
- Counting from the first celebration in 1911, this year will mark the 101st MU Homecoming. Does our math seem wrong? That's because war and an influenza pandemic caused the celebration and the entire football schedule to be cancelled in 1918.
- Over time some Homecoming traditions, such as bonfires and live tiger mascots, have been lost.
- Vox spoke with former president of the Legion of Black Collegians Whitney Williams about the history and purpose of Mizzou's Black Homecoming tradition, which augments campus-wide Homecoming festivities with particular opportunities for African-American students to be involved.
- From 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday in Greektown, MU fraternities and sororities will show off their house decorations. Students and Columbia residents visit the neighborhood every year to view the decorations that consist of hand-made sets and accompanying skits. Check out some past work in this 2011 photo gallery.