Philo members and their dates enjoy the 1911 Peanut Night, held in the banquet hall of the Colonial Hotel.

When peanuts inspired parades, posh parties at Monmouth College

By Jeff Rankin, Monmouth College Historian

Consider the lowly peanut. It’s fed to squirrels and elephants. It’s long been a staple of cheap ballpark fare and it’s also been used to describe a gallery of inexpensive vaudeville seats containing rowdy hecklers. Yet for nearly 60 years, it served as the centerpiece of Monmouth College’s most elegant social…

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Jeff Rankin

Jeff Rankin

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Editor and historian for Monmouth College. Avid researcher of western Illinois history for 40 years. FB and Twitter. jrankin@monmouthcollege.edu