#ThrowbackThursday Christmas

In lieu of swimming swans, on this seventh day of Christmas — and in true #ThrowbackThursday fashion — we present Christmas past at Mount Mercy University.

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1960s — Women Decorating Tree
Decorating the holiday tree in McAuley are Audrey Zmolek (on ladder), Ann Woods (JC '55), Dorothy Smolek (JC '54) and Pat Hlas '62.

1949 — Ice Skating Group
A happy ice skating group, enjoying the winter. Students shown in the photo are (left to right):

Rita Vermeersch (Houser) (AC '49, RN '52)
Margery Rink (Petrzelka) (AC '49)
Ann Mallon (Lethbridge) (AC '49, JC '51)
Lois Welch (Donovan) (AC '49)
Elaine Vermeersch (Gaines) (AC '51)
Nancy Miller (Donovan-Watkins) (AC '51)
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Donna Damge (Hellinga) (AC '49)
Patricia Hofferd (Bockenstedt) (AC '49, JC '51)
Patricia Davin (Kidd) (AC '51) 

1957 — Women with Christmas Packages
Three Mount Mercy women enjoying the gifts of the holidays. Left to right: Sara Willet '60, Sally Copps '61 and Mary Clarice McGourty (RN '58).
1950s — St. Nick's Party in McAuley
Fr. Edgar Kurt plays the role of St. Nick, while Mount Mercy students and Paul McCann, the college's business manager, wait their turn.
1950s — Our Mother of Sorrows Grotto
The grotto, decorated for Christmas.

As we reflect on the 87 years with which we've been blessed, we look forward to the year ahead. Happy New Year!

Kristy Raine, Mount Mercy archivist and librarian, contributed photography and comments.