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September 22, 2017

Old School

January 13, 2014

MLK at U-M

In November 1962, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke from the stage at Hill Auditorium to an audience. He also spoke before a small gathering at the Michigan Union during his visit to campus.

December 16, 2013

Boiler Rats

The Central Power Plant was erected in 1914. Coal was delivered to the plant by a small locomotive towing a coal car and was shoveled by hand by staff members known as stokers or “boiler rats.”

December 9, 2013

Missing statue

This plaster cast of the Winged Victory of Samothrace was exhibited in Alumni Memorial Hall through the 1920s, then relocated to University High School, now the School of Education building. It was reported missing in the 1960s.

November 25, 2013

President Ford returns

In November 1977, alumnus and former President Gerald R. Ford viewed the site and blueprints for the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library on North Campus. 

November 18, 2013

Past traditions

In 1876, students pose at a smoker’s club gathering. Smokers were social events that became popular in American universities near the beginning of the 20th century, specifically among male students. Female students were known to hold smokeless smokers.

November 11, 2013

Birth of a thoroughfare

Following the Civil War, circa 1868-74, the Methodist Episcopal Church is the only building to be seen along State Street, looking south of Huron.

November 4, 2013

First woman

U-M professor Elzada Clover poses for a photographer at the start of her trip with the Nevills Expedition. She made history as the first woman to navigate the notoriously treacherous Colorado.

October 28, 2013

Future cyclist

In 1895, a boy poses on a bicycle in front of Michael Staebler’s bicycle shop on West Washington near Central Campus. 

October 21, 2013

New Union

In 1916, a sizeable crowd turns out to view the groundbreaking ceremony for a new Michigan Union.

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