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Michigan Bicentennial Celebration: Spring Festival 2017

Events, symposia, and activities galore - in celebration of a rich past; in pursuit of a meaningful future| Short Read

The University of Michigan is celebrating its 200th year with four weekend-long festivals. The first of these celebrations — Spring Festival — will be taking place this April 6-8.

Among the festivities taking place on the Ann Arbor campus will be a Community of Cultures Festival showcasing student organizations; Stumbling Blocks, a public art installation about challenges from the University’s past; a public forum about the future of research universities with the current and four former University of Michigan presidents; public tours of historic campus buildings; and a performance and multi-media celebration at Hill Auditorium entitled, “True Blue! A Tribute to Michigan.”

This elaborate celebration is a far cry from how Michigan Engineering commemorated its 100th birthday in the mid-1950s (based on the first engineering course offered in 1854) — which was largely with this “First Hundred Years” video:

https://bentley.mivideo.it.umich.edu/media/t/1_5x9qtc8g

And compare that with Michigan Engineering’s promotional video for this year’s University of Michigan Bicentennial celebration:

2017 also marks the 100th anniversary of the University’s involvement in the education and training of more than a thousand WWI soldiers in automotive engine repair, scientific facilities management, and other instruction of officers for the Ordnance Department of the U.S. Army. A Bicentennial symposium earlier in the year was dedicated to a discussion of U-M’s role during and after the war.

A sampling of photographs taken during this crucial period during our nation’s First World War:

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IMAGE:  Photo courtesy Bentley Historical Library.
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IMAGE:  Photo courtesy Bentley Historical Library.
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IMAGE:  Photo courtesy Bentley Historical Library.
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IMAGE:  Photo courtesy Bentley Historical Library.
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IMAGE:  Photo courtesy Bentley Historical Library.
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IMAGE:  Photo courtesy Bentley Historical Library.
Enlargemen in a classroom
IMAGE:  Photo courtesy Bentley Historical Library.
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IMAGE:  Photo courtesy Bentley Historical Library.
EnlargeMen working on cars in an assembly line
IMAGE:  Photo courtesy Bentley Historical Library.
EnlargeMen working on cars in workshop
IMAGE:  Photo courtesy Bentley Historical Library.
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IMAGE:  Photo courtesy Bentley Historical Library.
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IMAGE:  Photo courtesy Bentley Historical Library.
group picture after they built the mess hall
men lined up in parade
Men working on wagon
Men sitting on military trucks
Men working on car with supervisor
3 men working with tools
Men working on cars in a pole barn
men in a classroom
Men working with tools in a workshop
Men working on cars in an assembly line
Men working on cars in workshop
2 men working on with car part
Men working on car parts in assembly line
Portrait of Brad Whitehouse

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