Until the Game is Won

Aug. 31, 2010

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa football will kick off Saturday and droves of eager fans will fill the streets around Kinnick Stadium. But what was game day like 60 years ago? The new exhibit Until the Game is Won at the Johnson County Historical Society (860 Quarry Road, Coralville) explores what Iowa City was like on those game day Saturdays during the 1950s.

Until the Game is Won looks at the culture of football during the Forest Evashevski coaching tenure just in time for the fall season. Often regarded as the golden era of Iowa football, the Hawkeyes won two Rose Bowls during the “Evy” years. This exhibit explores how fans would have experienced these years. Several items from the University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame including items from the 1957 and 1958 Rose Bowl will be on display, and even a “Herky” mascot head. Visitors will also have the chance to view Iowa City in 3D by looking at stereo images of notable Iowa football games.

The exhibit will begin Friday, Sept. 3, and be on view through Sunday, Nov. 14. For more information, call the Johnson County Historical Society at (319) 351-5738.

The Johnson County Historical Society is located across the street from the Coralville Marriott in the River Landing area. The museum is open every day, except Monday, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m and Sunday from 12-5.

The University of Iowa is celebrating the Evy Era during the 2010 football season. The exhibit goes hand-in-hand with that celebration and numerous other events celebrating the Hall of Fame coach and his coaching career with the Hawkeyes.