MICHIGAN HISTORY PROJECT NEWS

Michigan History Project Featured on CBS Inside Edition

ANN ARBOR, MICH., December 1, 2016

CBS Inside Edition has featured the Michigan History Project's slide show of pictures from John F. Kennedy's whistle-stop campaign tour of south-central Michigan in October, 1960.

CBS Inside Edition

CBS Detroit

MHP Slide Show

The tour took place following the senator's famous Peace Corps speech on the steps of the Michigan Union in Ann Arbor.

Kennedy's nine-car special covered nearly 250 miles of Michigan countryside and stopped in ten cities: Ann Arbor, Jackson, Albion, Marshall, Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Owosso, and Saginaw.

Wrote Russell Baker in the New York Times:

"The Kennedy campaign temporarily left the airlanes and the electronic trial chambers of televison today for a brief excursion through nostalgia. The territory was the solid Republican districts of central Michigan and to reach them the Democratic presidential candidate went back to the campaign train."

WOLVERINE: A Photographic History of Michigan Football, Vol. 1

"It's a great book. I've got it in my office."
–Jim Harbaugh, University of Michigan head football coach

Now available – the deluxe, limited-edition hardback, WOLVERINE: A Photographic History of Michigan Football, Vol. 1.

Featuring over 1,000 rare and previously-unpublished pictures, this book is a must-have for every Michigan fan and a great gift idea for all the Wolverines on your list.

See at slide show of sample images at Michigan Today.

The might and majesty of Michigan football is never more evident than when captured in the photographic image.

The heroic blaze of the victors valiant. The iconic winged helmet, the onrushing wall of blue. The awe-inspiring spectacle of the Big House.

That's why the Michigan History Project has produced a deluxe volume titled WOLVERINE: A Photographic History of Michigan Football, Vol. 1, as a showcase for more than 1,000 compelling images representing the great Michigan gridiron tradition from the early 20th century up to the present day.

You've never seen the history of Michigan football told like this before!

Press Reports of the Michigan History Project's Preservation Efforts

MLive (includes a slide show with 45 example images)

Houston Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

The Pledge

9&10 News

Michigan History Project to Digitize Historic University of Michigan Athletic Photographs

ANN ARBOR, Mich., October 15, 2014

The Michigan History Project, an Ann Arbor-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is pleased to announce a collaboration with MLive Media Group to digitize the collection of historic University of Michigan athletic photographs formerly owned by the Ann Arbor News.

Spanning a 70-year period from the 1930s to the 21st century, the collection consists almost entirely of original camera negatives and boasts as many as 60,000 images of Michigan sports legends such as Fielding Yost, Bo Schembechler, Tom Harmon, Cazzie Russell, Fritz Crisler, Desmond Howard, Diane Dietz, Jim Abbott, Glen Rice, Tom Brady, Alicia Seegert, and many more.

"I think this is happening at exactly the right time," says Alan Glenn, president of the Michigan History Project. "The University of Michigan has a great tradition of excellence in athletics, and every so often it's important to look back on the heroes and legends of the past to find inspiration for today.

"Look what happened at the recent football game with Penn State," he continues. "Two hundred former players came out to show their support, and the Wolverines rallied to defeat a very tough opponent. The past can have a powerful influence on the present."

The Michigan History Project will make high-resolution digital scans of all of the images in the collection. From these a selection will be chosen to appear in several illustrated books about the history of Wolverine athletics that the organization plans to produce. The first book will concentrate on football, with later additions to focus on basketball and other sports.

Most of these historic images have never been published.

Bringing Archives Alive

The mission of the Michigan History Project is to use historical artifacts, such as photographs and movie footage, to tell the many compelling stories of the people and places of Michigan. "Bringing archives alive," is the organization's slogan.

"That's what makes us a little different than other historical societies," says Glenn. "They're more about preserving history by keeping artifacts safe from physical degradation. Which is a very important thing to do, of course. But we're interested in preserving history in the minds of the people. That means not just keeping the archives safe but also using them to tell stories that will engage and educate the public."

According to Glenn, if history isn't preserved in the collective consciousness, it runs the risk of being lost forever.

"Let's take the Civil War as an example," he says. "Such an important event could never be forgotten, right? But imagine if there were no more books written about it, no more movies made about it, and it was no longer taught in schools. Before too long, hardly anyone would know about the Civil War, and the archives containing information about it would be neglected and start to decay. Not even digital records last forever.

"Eventually every bit of information about the Civil War would be lost, and at that point it would be permanently erased from existence, like it had never happened. That's why we've got to keep writing, reading, and talking about history."

The Michigan History Project was recently awarded 501(c)(3) status by the IRS. "Now any contributions we get are tax deductible for the donor," says Glenn. "We'll need to acquire some additional scanning hardware and any financial support we can find will be greatly appreciated. We're accepting donations on our Web site. We'd also be interested in donations of used high-end film scanners and related equipment, and Macintosh computers that aren't too old."

Get It Out of the Box

The Michigan History Project isn't just interested in the contribution of funds and equipment. They're also looking for historical artifacts that people may have squirreled away in their basements or attics.

"We're encouraging people to get it out of the box," says Glenn. "There's lots of great stuff out there, pictures and movies and other historical treasures, gathering dust and maybe even disintegrating in some dark, dingy hole. We want to get it out into the light, where it can be seen and appreciated."

The Michigan History Project will make digital copies of submitted artifacts so they can be used in books and movies and other cultural efforts that educate the public about Michigan's history.

"Photographs and negatives are really key for us right now," says Glenn. "But we're interested in anything that would help tell the history of our state. Especially if it relates to our current projects."

These include the aforementioned books about U-M athletics, as well as a documentary film on the myth and mystery of General George Armstrong Custer (who had a strong connection to the state of Michigan) and also a massive history of Ann Arbor during the 1960s that will consist of a half-dozen illustrated books and several films.

"We're especially interested in any historic photographs of Ann Arbor or the University of Michigan," says Glenn. "Anyone who thinks they may have something like this should get in touch. Photos of people or events around town or on campus, or sporting events, might not seem to be historically valuable, at first. But you never know what might turn out to be extremely useful in telling our state's varied and fascinating history.

"These pictures have probably been gathering dust in a garage or attic for 50 years or more," he continues. "One day they'll end up being thrown out. But the Michigan History Project wants to prevent that. We want to help get them published, to get them into the historical record, where they can be preserved and contribute to future understanding of what it was like to live in that unique time and place."

Contact: http://michiganhistoryproject.org/michigan-history-contact.html

Michigan History Project Awarded 501(c)(3) Status

ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 14, 2014

The Michigan History Project, a Michigan non-profit corporation, has been awarded 501(c)(3) status by the Internal Revenue Service.

The Michigan History Project is a tax-exempt educational organization whose purpose is to preserve and publish the stories of the many extraordinary people and places that have made our state their home.

The Michigan History Project supports the development and distribution of movies, television shows, illustrated anthologies, graphic novels, software apps, interactive e-books and other compelling cultural resources that tell the story of our state and also relate important, universal themes and ideas.

As a 501(c)(3), donations made to the Michigan History Project are tax-deductible.

The Michigan Sports Media Collection

Look inside the Michigan History Project's most recent acquisition, the incredible collection of University of Michigan sports photos formerly owned by the Ann Arbor News.
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Keep History Alive – Get It Out of the Box

Get your memories and mementoes out of the box and into the light, where they can be seen and appreciated. Don't let your historical treasures end up in the trash. Now is the time to act!
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What the Future Holds for Michigan's Past

Read about the Michigan History Project's plans for future efforts in bringing the exciting stories of our state's past to brilliant life.
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The Michigan History Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to bringing archives alive and making them available to the widest possible audience through compelling and relevant media.

If you are interested in contributing to our efforts or discussing the Michigan History Project's aims and objectives, please visit the contact page.

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