The archivist at Emory & Henry College has been appointed by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to serve on a panel charged with preserving Virginia’s historical documents.
Robert Vejnar, who also serves as special collections librarian at Emory & Henry, has been appointed to the State Historical Records Advisory Board, which is the central advisory body for historical records planning in Virginia. The Board promotes practices that ensure preservation of and access to the commonwealth’s public and private historical records.
An adjunct instructor of history at the College, Vejnar holds a master of arts degree in history from James Madison University and has pursued work toward a Ph.D. in history from Auburn University.
Vejnar, who began working at Emory & Henry in 1999, created the College’s Oral History Project in an effort to help document the institution’s long history. Recently, he served as primary author of a book commemorating the 175th anniversary of the founding of Emory & Henry entitled “Legacy & Vision: A Pictorial History of Emory & Henry College.”
In addition to his work for Emory & Henry, Vejnar also serves as the manager of archives and special collections for the Holston Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has given numerous public lectures on various historical topics and archival matters to area audiences.