History

  1. 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.”

  2. 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.

  3. February 21, 2022

    Heritage Project — ‘Lonely as Hell’

    A white graduate student at U-M named John Behee explored how many Black athletes had played for U-M, and he found several of the 187 who lettered at U-M before 1972.

  4. February 14, 2022

    Heritage Project — The Negro-Caucasian Club

    Lenoir Bertrice Smith, a Black student, and her white friend Edith Kaplan, along with Oakley Johnson, a young instructor, gathered friends and declared themselves the Negro-Caucasian Club of U-M in 1925.

  5. February 7, 2022

    Heritage Project — First in class

    Orval Johnson was a Black student at a largely white university in 1948. Peter R. Elliott was the prototypical big man on campus, a member of two national championship teams.

  6. January 31, 2022

    Heritage Project — Birds in the library

    Frustrated by the lack of action taken by a books and research equipment committee in 1838, Regent Zina Pitcher acted on his own to get the university’s first library going.

  7. January 24, 2022

    Heritage Project — Fraternity war

    In the fall term of 1845, just four years after classes had begun at the University of Michigan, a junior named George Becker and several friends joined together to create U-M’s first fraternity.

  8. January 17, 2022

    Heritage Project — Just nuts

  9. January 10, 2022

    Heritage Project — The 1913 Lectern

    For more than 100 years, Hill Auditorium has been U-M’s most prestigious venue for rhetoric and debate. Speaker after speaker has gripped and pounded an oak lectern given by the Class of 1913.

  10. December 20, 2021

    The Tappan Oak: A tale of life, death, and rebirth

    A remembrance of the Tappan Oak — removed in November due to severe trunk decay — and the enduring legacy of the iconic tree that had stood as a sentinel over the Diag throughout U-M’s history.