Office of the VP for Communications – Keeping alumni and friends connected to U-M

Heritage/Tradition

  1. Step right up!

    Before and after the turn of the 20th century, spring in Ann Arbor brought parades, circuses, and attendant student mischief – including an elephant stampede set off by hooligans tossing firecrackers.

  2. Negotiating Angell

    Though lauded as one of the most influential presidents ever to helm U-M, James B. Angell was not keen on Michigan at first. It took two years, three offers, and a barrage of letters, telegrams, queries, and concessions to lure the beloved ‘Prexy’ to Ann Arbor.

  3. Arrowsmith’s inspiration

    The first and arguably greatest American novel about a scientist — Sinclair Lewis’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Arrowsmith — never could have been written without the real-life character Lewis found at U-M. But the writer never delivered the credit he promised.

  4. The doctor and Ty Cobb

    Handwritten letters between the greatest Detroit Tiger of all time and his physician, U-M Regent Charles S. Kennedy, reveals a kinder, gentler Cobb than common lore dictates.

  5. The Fresh Air Camp

    From the 1920s through the ’70s, U-M offered a green sanctuary northwest of Ann Arbor as a retreat for kids in need of special attention.

  6. Elvis at the end

    Just before he died at 42, the King rocked Crisler Arena in a slightly strange and thoroughly unforgettable concert.

  7. He never saw the Law Quad

    The man who endowed the University’s gothic, architectural masterpiece vowed never to lay eyes on it. He feared he would be disappointed.

  8. Bill Freehan: Legend and legacy

    The esteemed athlete’s story is all about faith and love, says mgoblue.com’s Steve Kornacki. In 1968, Freehan, ’66, helped Detroit win the World Series; today he is battling Alzheimer’s.

  9. The president’s back yard

    The grounds of the University president’s house over many decades reflect changes in the nature of campus life at Michigan.