Heritage Project

  1. January 16, 2023

    Heritage Project — No laughing matter

    “Tickled to Death,” a musical comedy written, staged and performed by U-M students, generated a buzz in the weeks before Christmas 1924.

  2. January 9, 2023

    Heritage Project — The scientist of peace

    J. David Singer was a pioneer in a new, scientific way of studying war, believing a way to lasting peace might be found if only humankind truly understood how war and peace are made.

  3. December 5, 2022

    Heritage Project — The Michigan scientist who was ‘Arrowsmith’

    When the new novel “Arrowsmith” reached the nation’s bookstores in 1925, the author, Sinclair Lewis, was already the most celebrated American writer of the day.

  4. November 21, 2022

    Heritage Project — Vulcan’s muddy light

    Astronomer James Craig Watson was U-M’s “brightest son.” After discovering 22 asteroids between 1863-77, during a solar eclipse in 1878, Watson was sure he’d observed the rumored intra-mercurial planet Vulcan.

  5. November 14, 2022

    Heritage Project — When heads rolled

    When William W. Cook gave his alma mater an extraordinary financial gift to transform the U-M Law School, he imagined a setting so beautiful it would lure the nation’s brightest students to study law in Ann Arbor.

  6. November 7, 2022

    Heritage Project — Dr. Joy’s undoing

    By all signs, the future was very bright for Douglas Joy in the summer of 1881. By June 1882, Douglas Joy was fighting for his job and, more important, his reputation. 

  7. October 31, 2022

    Heritage Project — Mysteries at Michigan

    You may never have heard of the Michigan law professor who was baked to a crisp in the oven of the Lawyers Club kitchen. Or the English professor presumed dead when his face suddenly went missing.

  8. October 24, 2022

    Heritage Project — Tom Harmon is missing

    Three years after accepting the Heisman Trophy as the best college football player in the land, Tom Harmon and his World War II fighter plane were shot down.

  9. October 17, 2022

    Heritage Project — Lost campus

    Every alumnus carries a cherished memory of Michigan — then returns in 20 years and realizes that “my Michigan” is hard to find among the new construction of someone else’s Michigan.

  10. October 10, 2022

    Heritage Project — In the face of fascists

    In the summer of 1936, a procession of scholars — including a junior professor from U-M — crossed the main plaza of the University of Heidelberg to celebrate the 550th anniversary of one of the great universities of Europe.