In a corner of Ransom Hall, beside the glossy pamphlets and shiny hardcover books by Kenyon authors, lie two shelves full of Kenyon history. Should nervous prospies and their parents opt for alternative reading material while waiting for their tours, they are perfectly free to peruse the Kenyon Reveille — our yearbook — copies of which stretch (unchecked) back to 1904 (as far as I can find). I went looking there for some some throwback gems.
I began in 1995, when some of our first-year class was born.
From there I jumped back to 1975.
And from there to 1966.
Then to 1942, when the yearbook was still maintaining a more solemn look.
Finally, I visited the class of 1910, when the photography was limited to a few class portraits. But there were plenty of other contributions.
In short, it’s great to get lost in history and see what’s changed. And what hasn’t.
It’s great to know that Kenyon was always a bit weird. And a bit wonderful.
What Kenyon decade would you most care to visit? What traditions should we revive? (Or nix?) Have I missed anything? Let me know below.