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 200 Years of UM Student Life

The Journey in a Day: 200 Years of Student Life at the University of Michigan, 1817–2017
April 2, 2017 -- October 22, 2017

200 Years of Student Life at UM

U-M students have teamed up to create this sweeping exhibition, surveying two hundred years of daily rituals, social life, challenges, victories, and the roles U-M students have played in historic events. Visitors are invited to witness two hundred years of world and regional history, reflected in the lives of U-M students.

"The Journey in a Day" exhibition includes nearly fifty historic objects and dozens of photos. The exhibition includes a recreation of a Martha Cook Residence Hall room, circa 1917, amongst the first on campus to house women. A poster kiosk occupies the middle of one room in the Museum, plastered with fliers and posters from across time. A reproduction of student scrapbooks brings visitors in direct contact with individuals at various times throughout history. From the morning ritual of reading the Michigan Daily, to student reaction and involvement in U.S. wars, from the mandates and tweets of student organizations, to a survey of infamous late night Ann Arbor hot spots, this is a wide-ranging exhibition with many interesting, entertaining and illuminating stories to tell.

Designed by U-M students participating in MUSEUMS 498, in the History of Art Department, in collaboration with the U-M Bicentennial Office, and the Washtenaw County Historical Society.

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