History

  1. June 10, 2024

    It Happened at Michigan — The roots of U-M’s peony garden

    In 1922, as he neared his 70th birthday, William E. Upjohn approached the U-M Board of Regents with an offer of “a very valuable collection of peonies.”

  2. May 20, 2024

    It Happened at Michigan — LBJ’s ‘Great Society’ speech at U-M

    When President Lyndon B. Johnson stood before the Class of 1964 at Michigan Stadium, it was the first time a sitting president had stepped foot on the U-M campus.

  3. May 6, 2024

    It Happened at Michigan — The university’s first gift, in 13 volumes

    The first recorded gift from an individual to the university came from a well-to-do fur trader who never set foot in Ann Arbor.

  4. May 3, 2024

    UM-Flint archive helps digitize historical Black newspapers

    A collaboration involving UM-Flint’s Frances Willson Thompson Library and the Digital Collections Service at the U-M Library is digitizing Flint’s Black historical newspapers.

  5. April 29, 2024

    It Happened at Michigan — Family trees and the ‘striking incidence’ of cancer

    For years, U-M pathologist Aldred Scott Warthin studied the lives — and deaths from cancer — of an extended Ann Arbor family.

  6. April 22, 2024

    It Happened at Michigan — College Republicans and their U-M roots

    In mid-May of 1892, hundreds of students from universities around the country gathered on the U-M campus. When they departed it was as the newly christened American Republican College League, a national group that continues today as the College Republicans.

  7. April 15, 2024

    It Happened at Michigan — The ‘rare and curious’ Stearns Collection

    Frederick Stearns had never purchased a musical instrument, but a small guitar caught his eye. It was called a quirten and dated to 1807.

  8. April 8, 2024

    Where’s Alice? The case of the missing statue

    When U-M alumna Sheryl Szady stumbled across a bust sculpture in an Observatory Lodge Building conference room, she suspected it could be the culmination of a search that began three years earlier.

  9. April 8, 2024

    It Happened at Michigan — The ‘harrowing experience’ of meeting Robert Frost

    Robert Frost came to campus in the fall of 1921 to be U-M’s inaugural Creative Fellow in the Creative Arts, an experiment carried out by President Marion L. Burton.

  10. April 1, 2024

    It Happened at Michigan — ‘Michigan is not to be outdone’

    When U-M established a course in the principles of aerodynamics in 1914, the seven young men who gathered before a professor in the West Engineering Building quietly made history.