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Sesquicentennial celebration

Iowa State 150th Logo

GET INVOLVED

If you'd like to get involved in the ISU 150th celebration, e-mail bbreitsp@iastate.edu, or contact any member of the implementation committee.

A Sesquicentennial Look Back

campaniling

Romantic tradition

Campaniling is an ISU tradition that goes back decades.

Gold Star Hall

Honoring the fallen

The MU's Gold Star Hall is a tribute to Iowa State's war casualties.

Perry Holden

The seed corn evangelist

Perry Holden took corn classes to farmers in his "seed corn gospel train" in 1903. Soon, educational trains were rolling throughout the nation.

Veenker

Veenker's legacy

George Veenker's vision turned a cow pasture into an award-winning golf course.

Geocache

Family fun: Campus history hunt

A campus-based geocaching adventure offers history lesson, hidden treasure.

Iowa State Fair

ISU and State Fair share common history

Iowa State and the State Fair share common history.

Dexter Green

The Big Game

Old spats and snubs part of Cyclone-Hawk rivalry.

Rock with plaque

History, on the rocks

Boulders offer interesting footnotes on campus history

Chieftain apples

Beach's apples

ISU horticulturist Spencer Beach developed the popular Chieftain apple in 1917.

Frederica Shattuck

Historic ghost stories

With 150 years of history comes tales of spooky spots around campus.

Welch

Inside Mrs. Welch's kitchen

Special events at ISU this year have a distinctly Victorian flavor.

ISU Cemetery

ISU Cemetery

The ISU Cemetery is the second oldest campus burial grounds in the nation.

Time capsule

Classy gifts

Graduating classes have been saying "thank you" since 1876.

Swimmers

In the buff

Generations of male undergrads attended swim class, sans trunks.

Dance attendees

Before internet dating

In a 1963 "mixer" dance, and IBM computer matched couples who'd filled out questionnaires.

Dining

Dining's (r)evolution

Follow the food, from seated dinners to gourmet buffets.

Time capsule

A 'sesqui' look forward: Time capsule

FP&M celebrates ISU's 150th with a time capsule to be opened in 25 years.