The way we tell our stories may change, but the feelings stay the same. From the nation's first collegiate homecoming in 1909 on through the 2012 event i0n November, Baylor's richest tradition remains strong as thousands of members of the Baylor family return to campus each year.
More than ever before, it was possible to follow this year's Homecoming through the eyes of those attending, be they former, current or future students, through social media -- particularly on Twitter and Instagram. (Do a search on Instagram for "#BUHC12" to see for yourself.)
Such sites gave a new meaning to the "social gathering" that is Homecoming. Baylor Photography combined some of their own work from the weekend with photos and comments seen online to produce a video celebrating Homecoming 2012 (watch it at here).
The reaction from fans at Baylor's Homecoming victory over Kansas was swift and seemingly unanimous: the halftime show by the Baylor University Golden Wave Band (BUGWB) was about the best anyone could remember. The performance was a tribute to the Year of the Bear, featuring formations of "Baylor," "40-0," a player dribbling and shooting a basketball, a galloping horse and rider, and "CHAMPS."
The current Miss Texas, DaNae Couch, BA '10, also performed with the band as a feature twirler, just as she did during her time as a Baylor student.
Historians have determined that Baylor's 1909 celebration was likely the first collegiate homecoming event in the nation. Now, Baylor Homecoming is part of a Smithsonian traveling exhibit that will tour the country from 2014-21.
The photo you see at here, taken during the 2010 Homecoming Parade by Baylor Photography's Matthew Minard, was selected for display in an exhibit called "Hometown Teams," part of the Smithsonian Institution's "Museum on Main Street" series of traveling exhibitions. Five copies of the exhibit will tour small towns for the next seven years, along the way giving countless young museum visitors a glimpse of life at Baylor.