University of Wisconsin Hoofers Club

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The scrapbooks in this collection were created by members of Hoofers to document their organization. Through photographs, newsletters, newspaper clippings and other memorabilia, the scrapbooks detail the group’s outings and activities from the 1930s through the early 1960s.

Long a part of the unique atmosphere of the UW-Madison campus, Hoofers has grown to become one of the largest student outdoor recreation organizations in the country. The idea for Hoofers originated in the late 1920s, during a series of camping trips taken by Memorial Union Director Porter Butts and professor Harold “Doc” Bradley. In 1931, the two men collaborated with several UW students to make Hoofers a reality.

Hoofers was conceived of as a means of promoting outdoor recreation by providing access to a wide variety of activities. The early focus of the group was primarily on skiing, but they also sponsored hiking, camping, biking, and canoeing. Although it is a student organization, Hoofers membership has always been open to the larger community.

Over the years, the clubs and activities sponsored by Hoofers have changed numerous times. Currently, Hoofers has approximately 2,200 members in six clubs: Sailing, Ski and Snowboard, Riding, Mountaineering, Outing, and SCUBA.

For more information on Hoofers, visit their website.

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