Now that the Northwestern football team has been scheduled for an appearance January 1 against Tennessee in the Outback Bowl, fans in Evanston can load up on some interesting background by tuning in to a free webinar, sponsored by the Northwestern Alumni Association.

The hour-long webinar, starting at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 15, is being billed as “a guided tour to the major themes, events, and people of Northwestern’s football history.”

It features remarks by the university’s archivist, Kevin Leonard, a 1977 NU alum who holds degrees in history and claims to have been a Wildcat fan for all of his adult life and for much of his childhood.

He oversees about 20,000 linear feet of records and papers in both physical and digital formats.


A sizable chunk of the collection includes documents about NU football from the late 19th Century to the present.

Included are game programs and related publications, scrapbooks, ephemera, artifacts, photographs, audio recordings, personal papers, and thousands of films and videotapes that Leonard will draw upon in making his presentation.

While the cost is free, you’ll need to have a computer with a strong internet connection to participate.

Links to the webinar will be provided to all who register. A recording of the event will be sent to all registrants following the live event.

More information and links to registration are available on the NAA website.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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