History is written by the Victors

UMheritage

Just launched, the University of Michigan Heritage Project is “University history as we’ve never seen it before,” according to Lisa Rudgers, the Vice President for Global Communications and Strategic Initiatives. A collaboration between the Office of the President, the Office of the Vice President for Global Communications & Strategic Initiatives, and the Bentley Historical Library, the Heritage Project is part of the University’s gear up to our bicentennial (just four short years away!). I’ve gained a decent amount of appreciation for good user design in my time at the School of Information, and this site is the perfect storm of gorgeous design, relevant history, and compelling stories. You can navigate the University’s history chronologically, or through sets of interwoven themes. After all, before we embark on our Third Century, we have to understand the two that preceded it.

The University of Michigan's first medical department (renamed the School of Medicine in the early 1900s) Image from the Bentley Historical Library

The University of Michigan’s first medical department (renamed the School of Medicine in the early 1900s) Image from the Bentley Historical Library

One of the premier stories features the department that would go on to become the University of Michigan Medical School, and the sometimes grisly circumstances required to procure educational materials (there’s a euphemism for you) for aspiring physicians.

Take some time to browse through the pages of our institution’s legacy, and keep an eye out for more stories added on a regular basis.

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