Heritage Project

  1. October 18, 2021

    Heritage Project — The first flu shot

    With the United States on the brink of war and visions of the devastation wrought by the influenza pandemic during the first world war, U-M virologist Tommy Francis was assigned a monumental task.

  2. October 11, 2021

    Heritage Project — ‘Our linked lives’

  3. October 4, 2021

    Heritage Project — Doc Losh

    Professor Hazel Losh — known by most as Doc Losh — just might have been the most popular teacher in the university’s history. She was the first tenured professor of astronomy at U-M.

  4. September 27, 2021

    Heritage Project — No admittance

    Sarah Burger was 21 years old in 1858 when she prepared a letter saying she and 11 other women desired to enroll at the University of Michigan. Later that year, the regents voted unanimously against women on campus.

  5. September 20, 2021

    Heritage Project — Of splendid ability

  6. September 13, 2021

    Heritage Project — Campus characters

    Long before Shakey Jake roamed Ann Arbor, students at U-M conducted affairs of the heart with a series of men who took on the status of human landmarks.

  7. September 7, 2021

    Heritage Project — Two against football

    When Fielding Yost sought to build a larger stadium to replace Ferry Field, he did not have the support of two people in particular: Neil Staebler, editor of The Chimes, and sociologist Robert Cooley Angell.

  8. August 31, 2021

    U-M Heritage: The Long Note

    This week, the Record launches a new feature highlighting stories of the university’s past, as presented by the U-M Heritage Project. The first story in this series profiles William Revelli, legendary leader of the U-M Bands.

  9. May 19, 2020

    Looking back on another virus battle: U-M’s role in polio history

    U-M played a role in the fight against polio for many decades, from the treatment of its effects to the massive clinical trial that led to the first approved vaccine. 

  10. January 13, 2020

    No admittance: The story of U-M’s first female applicants

    When Sarah Burger sought admission to U-M in 1858, her application ultimately resulted in the Board of Regents deciding it was in women’s best interests that they not be admitted.