Morningside College had a number of literary societies. These groups were important to the intellectual and social life on campus and the members often became leaders in their communities. The groups often sponsored debates on important topics of the day. These groups declined in membership as sports and other activities took their place.
The HJF library archive has programs from several such events. At the 1918 banquet held at the Martin Hotel students dined on such delicacies as Canape of Goose Liver, Consomme a la Royale, Broiled Breast of Chicken on Toast, Mixed Beans in Butter, and Medicis Ice Cream.