1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. March 25, 2024

    It Happened at Michigan — Saving Michigan’s forests from ‘the most appalling consequences’

    Volney M. Spalding, an 1873 U-M graduate who taught botany and zoology, worried about the fate of northern Michigan’s magnificent forests.

  10. March 18, 2024

    It Happened at Michigan — Born to handle winning

    When Jim Abbott pitched his first Little League game as an 11-year-old growing up in Flint, he fired a no-hitter. It was a glimpse of the extraordinary career to come.