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Yesteryear: PETM through the years

October 4, 2016

As the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management celebrates its 150th anniversary, we take a look back at its long journey.

Fencing was popular once upon a time.

Once upon a team, the school offered training in the sport of fencing.

Activities once were held in the Athenaeum in downtown Indy.

The Athenaeum had space for all types of sports and programs -- even softball, as shown in this 1908 action shot.

School events dotted the downtown landscape, including near the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.

School events were held in many downtown locations, including near the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument during a 1918 exhibition.

Camp Brosius has become part of the fabric of school life.

By the 1920s, Camp Brosius had become part of the fabric of life in the school and in the lives of PETM students.

Cycling had its day in campus history.

Cycling enjoyed the campus spotlight for a time during the 1920s and '30s.

So did boxing.

So did the 1938 boxing team that was part of the school's heritage.

And so did gymnastics.

By 1940, a gymnastics program, with an associated team, was calling the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management its home, though the name was different in those days.

The Athenaeum provided plenty of space for all sort of sports.

In 1969, the Athenaeum was still providing plenty of space to train budding athletes in all sorts of sports, including gymnastics.

War canoe races were popular for a time.

War canoe races were popular at Camp Brosius for a time, as during this 1969 race at the Wisconsin-based facility.

Intramural championships are always meaningful to those who play.

Intramural championships are always meaningful to the players and teams, regardless of the sport, as the 1970 basketball champs could attest.

Hoosier Hysteria still has its grip.

Plenty of sports have experienced moments of glory on campus, but basketball -- good, old-fashioned Hoosier Hysteria -- still had its grip on both male and female students, as evidenced by this photo of a 1971 shoot-around.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF RUTH LILLY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND ARCHIVES

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