by Sam Dunnington, '14
As the temperature in Grinnell flirts with zero, people hustle from building to building and students from warmer climates barricade themselves inside until spring. In the early 1960s, however, freezing temperatures meant students could be found in abundance at the Barber Skating Plaza. Named after Margaret Kyle Barber, class of 1899, the rink was located between Burling Library and the Fine Arts building. The rink seems to have been a popular winter hangout spot for students and faculty alike. A recent student initiative attempted to rejuvenate this tradition, but nothing seems to have come of it. If you've got stories about Barber Plaza or other memories of Grinnell in the winter, drop us a line down below!
The opening ceremony for Barber Plaza, held in 1962. President Howard Bowen cuts the ribbon.
A lone skater, either in early morning or early evening.
Killer skating moves require killer pants. Well played, both of you.