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Liberty presents relic to Lynchburg College

July 22, 2011 : Mitzi Bible/Liberty University News Service

Jerry Falwell Jr and Lynchburg College president Dr. Ken Garren

Liberty University Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr., left, presented a 1907 Lynchburg College yearbook to LC president Dr. Ken Garren on Friday, July 22.

Liberty University hasn’t even existed a half-century, but a 104-year-old keepsake found in its archives recently holds much value to a neighboring college.

Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. presented a 1907 Lynchburg College Argonaut yearbook to Dr. Ken Garren, LC’s president, during a meeting of city and college officials Friday, July 22 at Liberty.

Falwell said the book was found in some boxes at the Jerry Falwell Museum, currently housed in Arthur S. DeMoss Learning Center.

“I want to make this a gift from Liberty to Lynchburg College,” he said.

Garren said the copy is of LC’s oldest yearbook. It is their third copy and is in the best condition. He said he appreciated Liberty’s cooperation and support throughout the years.

He told Falwell, “I remember in my first year, about 10 years ago, coming to Lynchburg and meeting your Dad and him showing me around, how kind he was to me when I was here, and I appreciate your kindness and the work we do together.”

Lynchburg College was founded as Virginia Christian College in 1903.

The Town and Gown meeting is a quarterly gathering of city leaders and administrators from the city’s colleges.