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Always Leading, Forever Valiant

Stories of the University of Michigan, 1817–2017

Subjects: Michigan and the Great Lakes, Ann Arbor/University of Michigan, Education, Higher Education, History, American History
Paperback : 9780472036806, 152 pages, 81 Color and B&W photos, 8.5 x 11, February 2017
Ebook : 9780472124688, 152 pages, 81 Color and B&W photos, 8.5 x 11, November 2021
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An engaging look at the history of the University of Michigan on its 200th birthday

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 Now 200 years into its remarkable history, the University of Michigan remains at the vanguard of what it means to be a great modern public university. The University’s Bicentennial in 2017 is an ideal opportunity to reflect on the path that Michigan has taken to get here. The engaging, well-illustrated stories in this book celebrate the progressive vision, dedicated individuals, and groundbreaking moments that helped forge the life-changing institution that the University is today. Snapshots of the University’s early years and the founding minds behind them are included alongside engaging narratives about pivotal events like John F. Kennedy’s Peace Corps speech at the Michigan Union and memorable personalities such as “Doc” Losh, Michigan’s first female Professor of Astronomy and official Homecoming Queen for Life. Titled after the official Bicentennial motto, Always Leading, Forever Valiant is the perfect entry point to the University’s 200-year history. The book will appeal to those interested in public institutions and history, along with alumni, students, faculty, and anyone who loves the University of Michigan.

Kim Clarke is director of communications for the University of Michigan Bicentennial. A writer and editor, she manages the U-M Heritage Project.