Parents and Families

In the men’s room in 1963: Brush, shave and study.

The history of a university is made up of countless rich stories from diverse students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The University of Michigan Heritage Project brings these stories to life with historical images and personal details about compelling University figures.

Each year, the project will cover several new feature stories as the University bicentennial approaches. Using rich archival material, the timeline highlights extraordinary individuals in U-M history and reveals a vision of U-M as it enters into periods of wartime and great change.

"We really want to share dramatic and personal stories that make up the Michigan story – one people will come to know and share," says Kim Clarke, director of executive communications and project manager.

The heritage project uses detective work to uncover quirky factoids, like Madonna’s college address, and fascinating bits of history, like the stringent rules of sex-segregated dorm life. Check out this recent addition to the Heritage Project to see if your student is sleeping in the same spot where Arthur Miller or Lucy Liu hit the books, or where Gerald R. Ford or Raoul Wallenberg lived.

Modern college life means more freedom and independence for students. But this wasn’t always the case. In a recent story added to the site, read how guidelines for dormitory behavior evolved from very strict to more relaxed. In the past, women’s behavior was regulated with curfews, dress codes and visiting hours. When one male and one female student were in a room together, at least three feet had to be touching the floor. A media gallery highlights past photos from the Bentley Historical Library, and six chapters cover the story of how dorm life came to look like it does today.  In addition to these newer stories, make sure to check out the other dramatic, unsettling and heartwarming tales of life at the University of Michigan throughout its abundant history. 

Maybe in the future, your student’s life on campus will be featured on the Heritage Project!

Summer 2013 Newsletter

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