The Online Tour: A Collaborative Effort
impetus for this web site was a book
Jacobs and Dan LeBlond of EMU's
Historic Preservation program, whose
project is chronicled below. The content
of the Virtual
Tour section - the information about the
campus and buildings - is entirely theirs.
Much of the rest of the site's content (buildings
that no longer exist; historic moments; EMU
presidents) was culled from archival documents
and from Eastern Michigan University: A Sesquicentennial
Portrait by Smith and Heaton (1999).
site itself was the collaborative effort
of Swetha Mandava, an EMU graduate student,
and Rhonda DeLong, EMU director of Web
we first visited EMU to start our graduate
studies in Historic Preservation, we were
overwhelmed by the size of the campus and
daunted by the seemingly uniform rectangular
brick buildings on campus. It took several
weeks of exploring before we began to notice
the variety that these buildings actually
exhibit. As we spent our days on campus we
began to wonder about the buildings that formed
our daily round. When and why were they built?
What do they say about the university that
produced them? Who has studied here before
us? We hope by writing this walking tour not
only to answer these questions for ourselves,
but also to share the knowledge with others
who may be equally curious about the surroundings.
can be used both as a walking tour guidebook
and as a reference for information on buildings
on campus. The entire walk takes approximately
2 hours. For those who do not wish to take
the full walk, we hope that you will use the
book to answer questions about buildings that
you see as you walk around campus.
you enjoy this book and find it useful in
understanding Eastern Michigan University.
Enjoy and bon voyage! "
book would have been impossible without the
substantial contributions of a number of people
to this project. The initial impetus for a
walking tour of Eastern Michigan University
came from Preservation Eastern's annual project.
Preservation Eastern, the student organization
for the graduate program in Historic Preservation,
spent a year gathering general descriptions
of a number of buildings on campus and compiling
general resources on the campus. The authors
began their research from this information
and then branched out to the clip files at
the Halle Library archives.
Archives, located in the Halle Library at
Eastern Michigan Library, maintains valuable
clip files on each of the buildings on campus.
Our special thanks goes to Maria Davis, Archival
Assistant, who has worked in the EMU library
system for over thirty-five years. Not only
does she know the archives' collection well,
but she also could remember when a number
of the more recent changes took place on campus.
We would like to thank Mrs. Davis in particular
for editing the drafts of this tour and checking
it for accuracy.
also like to thank Dr. Robert Mancell for
reading and commenting on our drafts. Dr.
Mancell has studied and worked at Eastern
Michigan for almost fifty years, first as
a student at Roosevelt School and later as
a professor of geography in the Department
of Geography and Geology. His invaluable anecdotes
and his memory of almost half a century on
the campus has added depth to our tour and
filled in gaps left by the newspaper files
at the University Archives.
we would like to thank Dr. Ted Ligibel, Director
of the Historic Preservation Program in the
Department of Geography and Geology. His oversight
and support has been instrumental in providing
the inspiration for a walking tour of Eastern
Michigan University and in bringing the present
volume to the public eye."