March 30, 2020

History

  1. February 10, 2014

    The last engineer

    Russell Hurst was the last engineer to serve the University of Michigan Railroad. 

  2. February 3, 2014

    New president

    Harlan Hatcher newly invested president of the University of Michigan, is congratulated by Regent Roscoe Bonisteel in 1951. 

  3. January 27, 2014

    Popular

    Author Kurt Vonnegut appears at a January 1969 program at Canterbury House on Maynard Street, just west of Nickels Arcade.

  4. January 23, 2014

    Rare civil rights-era newsletter now available online

    The U-M Library has digitized the complete set of Selma Inter-religious Project Newsletters and made them available to the public via the HathiTrust Digital Library.

  5. January 20, 2014

    Janitor and bell ringer

    William Bliss Jolly spent 10 years working as a janitor and bell ringer for U-M in the mid-1800s, but he dressed more like a statesman than a janitor. 

  6. January 10, 2014

    MLK at U-M

    In November 1962, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke from the stage at Hill Auditorium to an audience. He also spoke before a small gathering at the Michigan Union during his visit to campus.

  7. December 16, 2013

    Boiler Rats

    The Central Power Plant was erected in 1914. Coal was delivered to the plant by a small locomotive towing a coal car and was shoveled by hand by staff members known as stokers or “boiler rats.”

  8. December 9, 2013

    Missing statue

    A plaster cast of the Winged Victory of Samothrace was exhibited in Alumni Memorial Hall through the 1920s, then relocated to University High School, now the School of Education building. It was reported missing in the 1960s.

  9. November 25, 2013

    President Ford returns

    In November 1977, alumnus and former President Gerald R. Ford viewed the site and blueprints for the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library on North Campus. 

  10. November 19, 2013

    New website celebrates staff contributions to U-M history

    The new Stories of the Staff project celebrates the contributions of U-M staff members, current and past, to the university’s history, and provides a venue for collecting stories about staff members who have helped make U-M great.