Heritage Project

  1. May 23, 2022

    Heritage Project — The robber’s third chance

    Right around Christmas 1950, a string of hold-ups was reported around Detroit. The culprit turned out to be 20-year-old James Minder, a very bright undergraduate in LSA.

  2. May 2, 2022

    Heritage Project — J-Hop’s rise and fall

    Since its founding, the mid-year social event that became known as the Junior Hop, then simply and universally as J-Hop, had swelled into a glittering three-day-and-night festival.

  3. April 25, 2022

    Heritage Project — Professor White’s Diag

    The Ann Arbor campus was barely 20 years old when Andrew Dickson White first saw it. He arrived from Yale in October 1857 to teach history and English literature.

  4. April 18, 2022

    Heritage Project — Earth Day eve

    For a few days in March 1970, U-M hosted what may have been the most important single event in its history, an event that pushed on the wheel of history and launched the modern movement to save the planet from environmental disaster.

  5. April 11, 2022

    Heritage Project — Blinded by science

    When Professor Edward Campbell lost his sight in an 1892 laboratory accident, only a tiny minority of blind adults in the nation was self-supporting.

  6. April 4, 2022

    Heritage Project — Carpenter in the Dream Factory

    Avery Hopwood was a gay Midwesterner with a superb sense of humor who, in the span of a few months in 1905, wrote his first play, graduated from U-M and sold the play to a Broadway production company.

  7. March 28, 2022

    Heritage Project — Death of a president

    On a Friday morning on the U-M campus in February 1925, eight young men made their way into the President’s House to accept a solemn invitation.

  8. March 21, 2022

    Heritage Project — River rat

    U-M scientist Elzada Clover and her graduate assistant, Lois Jotter, made history in 1938 by becoming the first known women to navigate the Colorado River.

  9. March 14, 2022

    Heritage Project — Women apart

    Where women students had once fended for themselves and mixed freely with men, by 1920 they lived in a segregated, regulated and tightly supervised sphere marked “Women Only.”

  10. March 7, 2022

    Heritage Project — Madelon’s world

    Madelon Stockwell stepped onto the Ann Arbor campus on a Wednesday, the second day of February 1870. Her arrival from Kalamazoo disrupted a world that had been wholly male since the fall of 1817.