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The Origins of Homecoming

By Tara Laskowski

In 1911, worried about embarrassing attendance numbers, the University of Missouri's football coach and athletic director invited alumni to "come home" to watch the Tigers take on rival Kansas for the first time on home turf. More than 9,000 fans attended. This event, according to such noteworthy sources as Jeopardy! and Trivial Pursuit, makes Missouri the inventor of homecoming. But was Missouri really the first? To determine the true creator of homecoming, the University of Missouri's alumni magazine conducted an investigation. Click here for the contenders.

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About the Author Tara Laskowski

Tara Laskowski is a former senior editor for Currents.




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