Pictorial History Book Portrays 175 Years of E&H History
The 175-year history of Emory & Henry College is commemorated in a new 160-page pictorial history book.
The book, entitled Legacy & Vision: A Pictorial History of Emory & Henry College, will be available in early October. Copies of the book can be pre-ordered here.
Some 330 images help tell the history of Emory & Henry College, which was founded on farmland seven miles east of Abingdon, Va. The school, which began as a manual labor college at which students performed physical labor to strengthen mind and body, would become the oldest institution of higher learning in Southwest Virginia.
The book relates the story of a college that has survived economic downturns, a civil war and two world wars while remaining true to its values and its original calling. Emory & Henry was named for renowned Bishop John Emory and American patriot Patrick Henry. The two men symbolize the College’s belief in vital piety and civic virtue as the foundation for education and lifelong fulfillment.
Emory & Henry is one of the few institutions in the nation that have survived more than 170 years while remaining true to their original mission and values. That steadfast adherence to its values has taken Emory & Henry to where it is today, an institution ranked among the premier liberal arts institutions in the nation.
Written by Robert Vejnar II, Emory & Henry’s archivist, with support from a dedicated editorial committee, the book is a fascinating and visually compelling work that will serve for many years as both an historical reference and an emotional touchstone.