1. August 29, 2022

    Heritage Project — Madonna slept here

    As today’s U-M students settle into residence halls and apartment buildings, they occupy the homes of former students who have gone on to change the world with their words, ideas and actions.

  2. August 15, 2022

    Heritage Project — Wallenberg at Michigan

    Before outfoxing the Nazis, risking his life, and saving 100,000 Jews from the hell of World War II death camps, Raoul Wallenberg was a U-M student.

  3. July 25, 2022

    Heritage Project — The vanishing of Schoolgirls’ Glen

    From the late 1800s through World War II, university students and the people of Ann Arbor liked to walk through a deep, green ravine that led from the heights near Forest Hill Cemetery down to the Huron River.

  4. June 23, 2022

    Mastodon tusk chemical analysis reveals evidence of migration

    Around 13,200 years ago, a roving male mastodon died in a bloody mating-season battle with a rival in what today is northeast Indiana, according to the first study to document the annual migration of an individual animal from an extinct species.

  5. June 20, 2022

    Heritage Project — Blue angel

    When he was 86 years old, Forman Brown walked into a gay bookstore in Los Angeles and asked a manager if the shop carried “Better Angel.” The manager handed Brown a copy of the novel. The book was well done, he told Brown, and quite popular. “I think you’ll like it.” “I’m sure I shall,” Brown replied. “You see, I wrote it.”

  6. June 6, 2022

    Heritage Project — The arsonist was a scholar

    Robert H. Stacy wrote to U-M President Alexander G. Ruthven that he was being falsely accused of setting the fire that destroyed Haven Hall on June 6, 1950, and felt that his life’s goal of becoming a college professor was “all but destroyed.” Stacy would be proven wrong on both counts.

  7. May 23, 2022

    Heritage Project — The robber’s third chance

    Right around Christmas 1950, a string of hold-ups was reported around Detroit. The culprit turned out to be 20-year-old James Minder, a very bright undergraduate in LSA.

  8. May 2, 2022

    Heritage Project — J-Hop’s rise and fall

    Since its founding, the mid-year social event that became known as the Junior Hop, then simply and universally as J-Hop, had swelled into a glittering three-day-and-night festival.

  9. April 25, 2022

    Heritage Project — Professor White’s Diag

    The Ann Arbor campus was barely 20 years old when Andrew Dickson White first saw it. He arrived from Yale in October 1857 to teach history and English literature.

  10. April 18, 2022

    Heritage Project — Earth Day eve

    For a few days in March 1970, U-M hosted what may have been the most important single event in its history, an event that pushed on the wheel of history and launched the modern movement to save the planet from environmental disaster.