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Alumni Memorial Hall at 100!

Fall is the season for homecomings. Fittingly, this year’s alumni season is enhanced by the 100th anniversary of Alumni Memorial Hall (AMH), the Museum’s landmark home since 1910. Since its dedication, this historically significant Beaux-Arts structure has been a cornerstone of UM’s storied central campus. Also from its inception, AMH has been enthusiastically supported through the generous support of the University’s family of alumni. Its very name points to its underlying function as a commemorative edifice honoring those students, faculty, and alumni who served in the Civil War, Spanish-American War, and Mexican-American War. The Alumni Association of the University of Michigan was headquartered in AMH from 1910 until 1946, when the Museum expanded into the entire building.

Back in the early twentieth century, more than 1,500 alums contributed to the AMH building campaign. More recently, in the lead up to the Museum’s transformative expansion and restoration project, many notable alumni and their families were instrumental in ensuring that AMH—now the historic complement to the contemporary transparency of the Maxine and Stuart Frankel and the Frankel Family Wing—could provide a matchless and innovative art viewing experience for generations to come.

Among the leadership gifts from alumni and families recognized in Alumni Memorial Hall are the A. Alfred Taubman Gallery, the Museum’s largest special exhibition space, and since its renovation, one of the most glorious exhibition galleries in the country; the Thomas H. and Polly W. Bredt Gallery, Marvin H. and Mary M. Davidson Gallery, and Anthony Randazzo Family Gallery, which house UMMA’s venerable and popular American and European collections; the Robert B. Jacobs Asian Art Conservation Laboratory, one of the finest facilities in any museum for the restoration of Asian paintings and works on paper and silk; and the Albertine Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery, which presents a treasure trove of objects that cuts across the Museum’s collections strengths, allowing visitors to experience more of what the Museum has to offer in an engaging, pluralistic display.

It is thanks to these forward-thinking donors and alumni that Alumni Memorial Hall at 100—and the Museum of Art—has been embraced so immediately by the entire Michigan community and has become another world-class ambassador for the leaders and best. The legacy of the next hundred years has already begun. Come see for yourself, or better yet, join us in engaging students, alumni, and friends through UMMA’s pathbreaking exhibitions, outstanding collections, and educational programs.

Stephanie Rieke Miller
External Relations Manager and Senior Writer