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Preserving Historic Hobo Day

Learn more about historic Hobo Day and check out SDSU Archives' digital Hobo Day collection of over 5700 items. Add your Hobo Day memories to the collection!


Share Your Legacy!

This year the South Dakota State University Archives has received a Common Heritage grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to collect and digitize community-held Hobo Day artifacts! We are collecting your Hobo Day photos, home movies, scrapbooks, posters, and more.

We are looking for community-held Hobo Day memorabilia to add to SDSU Archives Digital Hobo Day Collection! Bring your items to Briggs Library on Hobo Day for digitization! We will show you affordable ways to digitize your memories and give you a flash drive to keep! Or make arrangements any time by contacting

Check out the community-held artifacts we've digitized so far!

Materials Donated to SDSU Archives for Digitization
Materials donated to SDSU Archives by Ann Kratochvil Holzhauser, the first female Grand Pooba.

Hobo Day is the homecoming celebration for South Dakota State University and includes a parade through campus and Downtown Brookings, a Jackrabbits Football game, and many unique traditions. The first Hobo Day occurred November 2, 1912. Homecoming thrives at South Dakota State University and is the largest one day event in the state. The return of alumni to their alma mater for a weekend of football, fun and memories has flourished and grown over the decades, embodying the essence of Jackrabbit Pride.

Coming to Hobo Day this year? Join Briggs Library and SDSU Archives for special events during Hobo Day festivities:

Learning Hobo Day History

4 pm, Friday, October 21, 2016

  • Learn more about Hobo Day history from Certified Archivist, Crystal Gamradt, and share your memories at Briggs Library.

Digitizing Hobo Day History

11 am - 3 pm, Saturday, October 22, 2016

  • After the parade and before the football game bring your Hobo Day memorabilia to Briggs Library for digitization! Record a video of your Hobo Day memories!

More Hobo Day History in the Digital Library of South Dakota

The Hobo Day collection in the Digital Library of South Dakota contains over 5700 items related to Hobo Day festivities over the past 104 years.


See a photo of someone you know in the digital collections? "Tag" the photo with the person's name in the box at the bottom of the page. Improving descriptions for photos makes them easier to find and creates a greater legacy for research.