Father and son, Patrick and Eamon Duff, compare their experiences as freshmen at U-M. In 1971, Nixon was president, bell bottom jeans were in fashion…and there were demonstrations on campus. Now, students can text Mom goodnight every day, everybody uses calculators…and there are demonstrations on campus.

In celebration of the University of Michigan’s Bicentennial, the U-M Library partnered with the national oral history organization StoryCorps to record and preserve stories from our community. During the Fall Festival Bicentennial Celebration, participants had conversations with friends, classmates, family members and colleagues about meaningful experiences at U-M. These stories, presented and curated by the U-M Library in collaboration with StoryCorps, capture the essence of the U-M’s past and present.

Photo courtesy of StoryCorps.