Old School: U-M in history

This week in history (31 years ago)

An original union that opened on the site in November 1907 was torn down in 1916 and plans for a new building were prepared. The building was completed in 1919 for more than $1.15 million. The four-story building featured a pool in the basement and a library on the second floor (both are gone). Two new wings to the south were completed in 1936 and 1938. At 2 a.m. on Oct. 14, 1960, presidential candidate John Kennedy in a speech from the Union steps announced his intention to create a Peace Corps.
— University Record archives

The Board of Regents approved new leadership and a revitalization plan for the Michigan Union, as operations authority was transferred from a volunteer board of directors to the Office of Student Services. The Board of Regents also agreed to convert all but 12 of the Union’s 109 hotel rooms to student housing.

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