The theme for the University of Nebraska’s homecoming celebration in 1942 was “Scrap Homecoming,” doubling up the purpose and supporting efforts related to World War II. Rather than building decorations, students held a scrap drive, hauling metal and rubber to their front lawns. Competitors were judged on the amount of items collected and the originality of their banner design.
Overall, students collected 150 tons of scrap during the drive. Learn more about the drive, and the outcome of the game against Indiana (the same team the Huskers face in the 2022 homecoming game this Saturday), in the Daily Nebraskan.
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