Exhibits: Homecoming

titan costume and history books

The original Titan costume with written histories of IWU beyond (click to enlarge)

Every year since 2010, we’ve sustained a tradition of selecting artifacts, photos and publications from archival collections for exhibition in the┬áHomecoming Mini Museum on the Quad tent.

This post contains photos of the tent from the 2017 celebration so you can get a sense of the layout for items which fall into the following categories: Aerial photos, Athletics, Presidents, Professional Schools, Student Life, and all published books about IWU’s history. A laptop and speaker allow us to showcase and provide instruction on different types of digital collections.

Not pictured here are round tables set up in the middle of the tent where we have bound music programs and Argus issues for the highlighted years. The Alumni Office staff contribute table-top photo collages and the oversized photos that stand behind the rectangular tables. The Office’s curio cabinet and its contents are on the opposite side of the tent from the Titan costume and, weather permitting, selections of Alumni Office’s supply of Wesleyanas sit on round tables outside the tent.

student life

Selections of student organizations and student activities

presidents and bios

A list of all presidents and profiles of about the last 70 years’ worth

We couldn’t do this without the support of
Physical Plant staff who supply the double-walled tent, lighting and transportation so these parts of our heritage stay safe for future use!

As much as possible, we try to supply representative items for the groups or other highlighted aspects of that year’s Homecoming theme. In the event that records for highlighted groups are too fragile for display in the tent, you will find them in the library’s exhibit cases.


football programs and academic all americans

Football and/or Homecoming programs that correspond to Class Years being highlighted. We also showcase the history of Academic All-Americans

athletics photos close up

A variety of athletic photos and specific teams if there’s a special highlight in a given year

athletics photos

The athletics corner and a Senior Jacket which is part of the Alumni Office’s collections


aerials and laptop

Aerial photos and a computer to instruct visitors about our digital collections





A note on collection safety: We place all photos in protective sleeves, and a sign outside the tent asks visitors to leave food and beverages at the door. A staff member is on hand to respond to questions and monitor the exhibits. One rainy year a ceiling seam leaked and collections were quickly moved out of the way. Every year when the exhibit is taken down, materials are spread out in the archives’ workroom to re-acclimate prior to being returned to storage.





























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