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Our namesake

In the early 1890s with no automobiles for cruising, IU students spent spring afternoons in a wooded area about four miles east of Bloomington called Arbutus Hill. They sunned themselves while surrounded by the spicy fragrance of the arbutus, a delicate pink ground flower.

Discovered there in 1877 by Professor Boisen, it was thought to be a previously undocumented rarity and became a coveted treasure of the University community.

Even after people realized it was the New England mayflower, Boisen’s name stuck. Students and faculty so fondly associated the arbutus with Indiana that the flower became the namesake of our first yearbook in 1894.

The arbutus has inspired several Hoosier poets and, for a while, annual bouquets were picked for former IU President Herman B Wells. Arbutus Hill, named after the flower, remains today a protective haven for the trailing wild flower.

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Portraits

Nov. 15-16

Leave your mark at IU. Sign up now for this year's portraits in the Arbutus Yearbook. 

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Order your copy of the 2018 Arbutus yearbook. Download and complete this order form or call 812-855-9737 to place your order today.

Group photos

Shouldn't your group be in the 2018 Arbutus yearbook? Contact us to set up a photo, or learn more about submitting your high-resolution photo and names. Priority deadline is Oct.15.