The Daily Illini

A Look Back: Notable Homecomings of the Past

The Alpha Epsilon Phi House’s 1954 Homecoming decoration. The decoration urges Illinois to “Web Wisconsin.”

By Bridget Hynes

October 20, 2014

In the spring of 1910, seniors Clarence Foss Williams and Walter Elmer Ekblaw came up with the idea of a University “Homecoming” while sitting on the steps of the University YMCA, now known as Illini Hall. After months of planning, the first Homecoming weekend was held from October 14 to 16 in 191...