In 1926, The Ohio State University (OSU) homecoming queen was a real cow.
No, seriously, she was. Maudine Ormsby was a Holstein cow, nominated for homecoming queen by students in the university's College of Agriculture. Due to voting improprieties, the other, presumably human, candidates were disqualified from the contest, and the cow was declared the winner.
According to OSU's website, as queen, Maudine participated in the homecoming parade, but stayed in her barn during the dance.
Established in 1965, the OSU Archives, located in the Library Book Depository building at 2700 Kenny Road, is a treasure trove of manuscripts and memorabilia. The online archive is full of photographs and factoids like Maudine's cow-who-would-be-queen story, which you can read for yourself on the frequently asked questions page.
If you're interested in all things OSU, don't miss an upcoming Worthington Libraries program, during which archivists Tamar Chute and Kevlin Haire will share stories and memorabilia. Rumor has it that the life-size cutout of Woody Hayes usually found in the archive's lobby will be in attendance.
Hidden Gems of the OSU Archives will start at 2pm on August 23 at Old Worthington Library.
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