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Week of May 10, 2010

Old school: U-M in history

Former campus landmarks

The original University Museum was built in 1881 on a site adjacent to the current U-M Museum of Art (UMMA). It housed the university’s collections in anthropology and natural history until 1928 when the new Museums Building was constructed. The four-story building with a distinctive clock tower next housed the Department of Romance Languages, until the building was razed in 1958. Today, on the same site, the UMMA presents more than 18,000 artworks, special exhibition spaces and galleries and a range of educational and event spaces. (Photo date unknown)  (Photo courtesy Bentley Historical Library)

This week in history (72 years ago)

The Hillel Foundation announced it would sponsor a jam session-dance in the Main Ballroom of the Michigan League. It was to feature Phillip Diamond of the German Department playing swing and jazz records from his vast personal collection. The event was a fund drive to aid the victims of religious persecution in Europe. Admission was 10 cents to attend the benefit and hear the music of artists including Bix Beiderbecke, Miff Mole, Joe Venuti and Red Nichols.  — The Michigan Daily

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