SIOUX CITY -- The calendar may say it's September, but at Western Iowa Tech Community College, it was also Thanksgiving.
Or more precisely, it was the South Korean equivalent of the popular autumn holiday.
Chuseok, which literally means "Autumn Eve," is a three-day festival that is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar on the full moon. This year, it was held Sept 12-14.
"Chuseok is a holiday with lots of food and family," said Gray Lee, one of the South Korean nursing, physical therapy and medical records students participating in WITCC's four-month Global Workplace Program. "It's a big deal."
That's why Lee and his classmates prepared a short presentation discussing the history of the holiday at the college's media center Friday afternoon. In addition to the program, there was a small lunch that included rice cakes and Korean Galbi (barbecue) short ribs.
Nursing student Casey Jeong said Chuseok is a great time to remember family members, both living and deceased. Physical therapy student Hannah Yu also likes to spend the holiday with friends.
However, this year, she's nearly 6,500 miles away from home.
Juline Albert, WITCC's vice president of learning, said celebrating Chuseok allows South Korean students to hold onto traditions while sharing their culture with the entire school.
That certainly made Allie Chinn happy.
A WITCC general education student from Sioux City, Chinn first became interested in Korean culture through love of K-Pop, a genre of popular music that originated in South Korea.
"Once I got beyond K-Pop, I began learning the language and history of Korea," she said. "I was able to visit Korea and even taught a class. I'd love to live there someday."
Nursing student Ellen Kim said many of her American friends only know about Korea through K-Pop groups like BTS or through dishes like bulgogi (stir-fry beef) or kimchi (fermented cabbage).
Still, she is just beginning to learn about America.
"(Sioux City) seems different because nothing is close by," Kim said. "There are no trains and buses don't run very often."
Kim's nursing classmate Charlotte Lee nodded her head in agreement.
"If you don't have a car, you end up walking a lot," she said.
For Gray Lee (no relation to Charlotte), the biggest difference between America and South Korea is the weather.
"As soon as I arrived in Sioux City, the weather cooled off," he said. "I've had a cold ever since."
Despite that, all of the South Korean students were pleased to share the holiday of Chuseok with their classmates.
"We get to share our culture while American students share their culture with us," said Lee.
April 29, 1912, was the date of the fire at Morningside College's Main Hall.
Morningside Avenue paving
The new pavement of Morningside Avenue in Sioux City is shown on Oct. 14, 1912.
The 1917 Morningside College football team is pictured.
Morningside vs. Notre Dame
The Morningside Maroons were defeated by Notre Dame football team in 1917.
Morningside main hall in 1917.
Agnes Ferguson was a professor at Morningside college in 1918.
Barney’s pharmacy (called “Morningside Pharmacy” in the early 1920s) can be seen on the other side of Morningside State Bank.
Former East High
A historical photo of the former East High School at 1720 Morningside Ave. The school later became a middle school, then closed in 2002 and was demolished.
The Klinger-Neal Theater on Morningside College is shown in this undated photo. The fundraising campaign for the theater reached its goal in August 1962 and the building was completed in 1964.
A view of Morningside Avenue taken in November 1963.
Morningside College/Sioux City Symphony Orchestra
The Morningside College/Sioux City Symphony Orchestra in 1922.
Leo Kucinski, a violinist from Poland, became the conductor of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra in 1925 and held the baton for 52 years.
Morningside drama department
Student performers prepare to go on stage in 1942.
Ask Ann Landers & Dear Abby
Esther Pauline Friedman (Ask Ann Landers) and twin sister Pauline Esther Friedman (Dear Abby) are shown in their Morningside College yearbook.
The home of Sioux City businessman Arthur Samuel Garretson, constructed around 1887, is shown. The house later became property of Morningside College, which used it as the college president's house and later as a dormitory. The building was remodeled into a library in 1932.
Morningside Branch Library
The Morningside Branch Library is shown. The library was torn down in 1967.
Morningside pipe organ
Installation of the 2,565-pipe, four division organ began in 1967 in the Eppley Fine Arts building at Morningside College.
A 1968 wrestling match is shown.
Billy and Greg Giles, left, grandsons of Albert M. Seff, president of Transit Avenue Center, Inc., turn the first shovels of dirt in groundbreaking ceremonies Sept. 28, 1971, for the W.T. Grant Department Store in Morningside.
Morningside Days Parade in 1976.
Dr. Carroll McLaughlin, a Morningside College English professor.
The Morningside women's basketball team plays in 1983.
Morningside College broke the University of South Dakota basketball team's 20-game winning streak in 1993.
The 1967 Morningside College football team.