Every Dickinsonian probably knows the origin of the college’s Red Devil athletics mascot. But for the uninitiated, back in 1930, when Dickinson was a mere 147 years old, the football team put up one heck of a fight for one half of a game against the superior gridiron squad of George Washington University. The next day, impressed by the Dickinson team’s moxie, a writer from the Washington Public Ledger dubbed the red-wearing team the “Red Devils.”
At least, that’s part of the story. The rest is outlined in The Dawn of the Red Devil: A Story Coloring Book. Download your copy today—we hope you feel inspired to get creative with the pages and would love to see your finished products! Send snapshots to firstname.lastname@example.org or post with #dsonphotos.
This story is a work of fiction, sprinkled with some factual tidbits and historical details. Thank you to the Archives & Special Collections and Department of Earth Sciences for sharing their expertise. The story was written and illustrated by Dickinson’s Office of Marketing & Communications and produced at the Dickinson College Print Center.
Published November 18, 2019