Heritage Project

  1. October 3, 2022

    Heritage Project — Depression generation

    The Great Depression tore a hole in the University of Michigan, and students who went to college in the 1930s lived in a realm of scarcity and fear.

  2. September 26, 2022

    Heritage Project — The first freshmen

    Their names are nowhere on the U-M campus. But in 1841 they did what no other young person had ventured to do in Ann Arbor. These six young, white males enrolled.

  3. September 19, 2022

    Heritage Project — A different Diag

    One day in June long ago, two lawyers and a politician were given the job of recommending exactly where to build the campus of the new University of Michigan. They had two sites to look at, both of about 40 acres.

  4. September 12, 2022

    Heritage Project — End of ‘Hours’

    For more than a century, the university was every student’s mother and father. By law and by custom, the school operated in loco parentis – “in place of parents.”

  5. September 6, 2022

    Heritage Project — ‘A Creation of My Own’

    It was 1852. The University of Michigan needed a leader, a true president, or it might fall apart for good. A man in New York was recommended, a philosopher and clergyman, Henry Philip Tappan.

  6. August 29, 2022

    Heritage Project — Madonna slept here

    As today’s U-M students settle into residence halls and apartment buildings, they occupy the homes of former students who have gone on to change the world with their words, ideas and actions.

  7. August 15, 2022

    Heritage Project — Wallenberg at Michigan

    Before outfoxing the Nazis, risking his life, and saving 100,000 Jews from the hell of World War II death camps, Raoul Wallenberg was a U-M student.

  8. July 25, 2022

    Heritage Project — The vanishing of Schoolgirls’ Glen

    From the late 1800s through World War II, university students and the people of Ann Arbor liked to walk through a deep, green ravine that led from the heights near Forest Hill Cemetery down to the Huron River.

  9. June 20, 2022

    Heritage Project — Blue angel

    When he was 86 years old, Forman Brown walked into a gay bookstore in Los Angeles and asked a manager if the shop carried “Better Angel.” The manager handed Brown a copy of the novel. The book was well done, he told Brown, and quite popular. “I think you’ll like it.” “I’m sure I shall,” Brown replied. “You see, I wrote it.”

  10. June 6, 2022

    Heritage Project — The arsonist was a scholar

    Robert H. Stacy wrote to U-M President Alexander G. Ruthven that he was being falsely accused of setting the fire that destroyed Haven Hall on June 6, 1950, and felt that his life’s goal of becoming a college professor was “all but destroyed.” Stacy would be proven wrong on both counts.