The U-M Heritage Project has been honored with the Historical Society of Michigan’s highest award. The Heritage site contains captivating stories and imagery – and in some instances video – that help readers understand a moment in U-M history. The stories are shared through social media, and are also highlighted by other University sites, including the U-M Gateway. The site needed a backend rebuild and a responsive presentation that embraced the modern web on mobile devices, tablets, as well as the desktop.
The website look and feel works well across all devices and the scrolling nature of the longform stories is familiar to readers. The redesign utilized all the story, image and video assets developed for the original Heritage site, and implemented an modern back-end that facilitates easy management of the content. The stories load quickly, allowing users to explore chapters and imagery, and move from story to story seamlessly. The updated look and feel of the site embraces Michigan’s rich history, creating an experience that will work effectively through the Bicentennial celebration year and beyond.
The U-M Heritage Project has been honored with the Historical Society of Michigan’s highest award. The Heritage Project received a 2016 State History Award at the Historical Society’s annual State History Conference in Alpena Sept. 23. The awards are the highest recognition presented by the state’s official historical society and oldest cultural organization. The Historical Society presents the awards every year to individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the appreciation, collection, preservation or promotion of state and local history. The Heritage Project, heritage.umich.edu, was recognized as the best website of 2016. It features a collection of stories that provide a digital experience of the university’s past and serves to identify relationships between the state of Michigan and its oldest university.