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Week of August 15, 2011

Old school: U-M in History

Kahn's dream

The celebrated architect Albert Kahn designed a wide range of buildings, including the General Motors Building in Detroit. But Kahn said he wanted most to be remembered for the William L. Clements Library, pictured during construction in 1922. The library continues to house original resources for the study of American history and culture.
— Courtesy Bentley Historical Library and the Clements Library

This month in history (66 years ago)

At its August 1945 meeting, the Board of Regents received a petition from a group of Detroit alumni to rename Michigan Stadium in honor of former coach Fielding Yost. They submitted supporting letters from graduates including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Frank Murphy and New York Gov. Thomas Dewey. But Yost suggested in a letter that, instead, a war memorial should be erected to honor the university’s men and women who gave their lives for the country. In keeping with his suggestion, the American Eagle memorial, executed by Michigan artist Marshall Fredericks, stands at the southwest corner of the stadium.
— Courtesy Bentley Historical Library and the President’s Advisory Committee on Public Art

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Mary Bagwell, laundry feeder folder, U-M Health System Laundry Services, on the key to great spaghetti: “You add a little bit of sugar or a little bit of mint to take out the bitterness.”


William Faulkner’s Artifacts of Authorship exhibit, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Special Collections Library

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