Egbert R. Isbell
Although the history of a university is not easily captured, it is valuable to us as a measure of our successes and failures, a chronicle and evaluation of what has gone before. This history is of special interest and inspiration as it traces the story of one of the most significant chapters in the development of higher education in the United States.
Professor Isbell unfolds an inspiring story. Thousands of graduates of Eastern Michigan University have carried into schools and colleges over the entire country the idea of their University. They have influenced the minds of legions of young people and their professional colleagues. Thus, much that has happened in the last 120 years is now playing a part in shaping the course of American education.
Erik J. Pedersen Jr.
Courses in Physical education and physical exercises were offered to students in the first years of the Michigan State Normal School, but by 1894 a new gymnasium had been built and the Department of Physical Training was established. By 1896 physical training courses were required of all students regardless of major, a requirement that would remain until the 1990s. For the 140th anniversary, A History of Physical Education at Eastern Michigan University was written by Erik Pedersen who was a member of the Health, Recreation, Physical Education and Dance department faculty. One of the most comprehensive histories of any department at Eastern Michigan University, Pedersen provides a thoroughly researched account of the department, its facilities, course offerings, community reach and members of the faculty.
It is not easy to write, with entire impartiality, the history of an institution in which one has been, for any considerable time, a personal actor. The writer has been connected, in various relations, for thirty years with the Michigan State Normal School. He has known pretty intimately all the Principals of the school, and has taught with all these except Principal Welch. With a very few exceptions he has known personally all the teachers who have been connected with the school.
Under such conditions it will be difficult to exclude the the personal element from the narrative or from the discussions which now and then occur. An attempt has been made, however, to prevent this element from giving any unfair or unjust coloring to any statements or conclusions in regard to persons, events, or the policy and administration of the school. It is too much to expect that the attempt has been in all cases entirely successful, but it is hoped that no injustice has been done to any one who has, at any time, been connected with the institution in any capacity.
Department of History and Philosophy, Eastern Michigan University
Laurence N. Smith and Paul C. Heaton
The Sesquisentenial Portrait, authored by Laurence (Larrry) Smith and Paul Heaton is a pictorial story of the University that is accompanied by written details and quotes from interviews conducted by Smith. This 'portrait' was published in 1999 to mark the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the University. Heaton, who was Director of Student Media at the time of publication, brought this expertise to the layout and presentation of the content making it an engaging timeline of institutional history.
The interviews conducted by Smith, who also served as the Vice President of Student Affairs from 1975-2000 are available through DigitalCommons@EMU [http://commons.emich.edu/oral_histories].
Geoffrey J. Martin
The study of the life and works of Mark Jefferson, one of the most scholarly geographers ever to grace the U.S. scene, is an attempt to fill, in part, the void in the literature of geographers' lives and thoughts and contribute to an understanding of the geography of American geographers.
His influence on the development of this professional field in the first half of the present century was critical. As professor of geography at the Michigan State Normal College (1901-39), he schooled future generations of teachers in the subject matter of geography, influenced geographic thinking by his numerous writings and oral presentations, and helped win respect in the U.S. for his subject as a discipline.
Michigan State Normal College
Michigan State Normal School
Eastern Michigan University
The Council of Teachers College Presidents
The Council of Teachers College Presidents submits herewith a statement bearing on the Teachers Colleges of Michigan. This statement considers briefly their origin, legal status, control, and development. It outlines their functions in relation to our established system of education of which they are a part. It contains a brief exposition of the causes which have led to the phenomenal growth of school enrollments in Michigan and points out the part which the Michigan Teachers Colleges have played in meeting the new demands. Added also are tables of statistical information relating to Michigan education with special reference to the enterprise of training teachers. Certain statistical tables relating to the budgets of the Teachers Colleges are included also.
The State Normal School of Michigan
It is the purpose of this pamphlet to set forth, briefly, the work and scope of THE MICHIGAN STATE NORMAL SCHOOL, in order that friends of education in America may be informed concerning what Michigan is doing in the professional training of her teachers. It is also designed to aid educators from other countries in gaining an acquaintance with the present condition of progress in American Normal schools.
Ypsilanti Bicentennial Commission's History Subcommittee; John McCurdy, Editor; Bill Nickels, Editor; Evan Milan, Editor; and Sarah Zawacki, Editor
In commemoration of their city's bicentennial, the people of Ypsilanti look back on the dramatic changes that the last fifty years brought to this small town in southeastern Michigan. Drawing on archival research, published sources, and personal recollections, Ypsilanti Histories explores the government, educational institutions, businesses, community organizations, neighborhoods, and individuals that have defined Ypsilanti since 1973.
As befits the rich diversity of the community, Ypsilanti Histories captures a range of experiences. It explores the controversies that have rocked the city from the university mascot to school consolidation, while also celebrating the city's oldest African American civic organization and the pioneering Ypsilanti Heritage Foundation. Beloved businesses like the Ypsilanti Food Coop and the Ypsilanti Thrift Shop are profiled here as are some of the city's greatest heroes including a Medal of Honor recipient. The effects of deindustrialization are documented as are the challenges that this brought to Michigan Avenue, Depot Town, and various neighborhoods. Education has long been central to Ypsilanti's history, and Ypsilanti Histories examines changes at the city's high school and Eastern Michigan University.
The authors of Ypsilanti Histories are amateur and professional historians who call Ypsilanti home. Many personally witnessed the events they describe, and some played a key role in the histories they tell. Ypsilanti Histories: A Look Back at the Last Fifty Years is edited by John McCurdy, Bill Nickels, Evan Milan, and Sarah Zawacki.
The Eastern Michigan University Archives Book Collection includes books that either were published by the defunct Eastern Michigan University Press, or that are public domain titles detailing the history of the University.
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