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

Heritage/Tradition

  1. Polite society?

    Long before it was home to Donald Trump, Mar-a-Lago was the splendid palace of Marjorie Merriweather Post. Its shimmery past still glitters at U-M.

  2. Just humor me

    Campus unrest often erupts at times of social unrest. But what about campus humor? Some say it’s at its best when times are not.

  3. Me too, circa 1970

    In 1970, a female secretary inspired one of the great sea changes in the University’s history: that Michigan should treat women the same as men.

  4. Working his way through

    An African-American student of the 1920s left a vivid memoir of his years in a semi-segregated Ann Arbor.

  5. The late, great 'Cat Hole'

    A woebegone corner of campus once attracted trysts, trash and, a magnificent plan for an amphitheater. And then we paved paradise and put up a parking lot.

  6. An integrated life

    Lyman T. Johnson, MA ’33, was the grandson of former slaves. He integrated the University of Kentucky five years before Brown v. Board of Education.

  7. Rock star

    As a field geologist, 98-year-old Helen Foster, BA ’42/PhD ’46, mapped the farthest-flung islands of Japan, met Emperor Hirohito, and documented Alaska’s landscape.

  8. Soldier, prisoner, lexicographer

    ‘Hereward Thimbleby Price’ may sound like a character in a cozy English tale, but real life took him from Madagascar to Michigan.

  9. Hair down to there

    The ‘Beatle haircut’ of 1964 sent men’s locks at Michigan flowing past the ears, collars, and shoulders.