History of Diversity at Lebanon Valley College: Home

This LibGuide was specifically designed to be used during the Multicultural Student Bridge Program. It focuses specifically on the history of diversity at Lebanon Valley College from its inception in 1866 through the early 1900's with some exceptions.

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Purpose of this LibGuide on Diversity

This LibGuide was specifically designed to be used during the Multicultural Student Bridge Program. It focuses specifically on the history of diversity at Lebanon Valley College from it's inception in 1866 through the early 1900's. There are a few additions and connections to the current day.

Thanks to the class of 2015, their multicultural mentors and to Venus Ricks, Director of Multicultural Affairs for sharing enthusiasm for the legacy of diversity at LVC!

Beginnings

The Church of the United Brethern in Christ founded the College in 1866, as a private coeducational institution on the site of the Annville Academy. It became a four-year institution by 1883 as the lower grades were phased out. 

"When Lebanon Valley College first opened its doors on that Monday morning, May 7, 1866, the founders had a vision of what a Christian Liberal Arts College could be: a place where the minds of young people, under the Christian influence, might be trained to the greatest efficiency, so that these young men and women, freed from the drag-chains of ignorance, superstition, and prejudice, might the more fully realize themselves in the service of God and man." - Paul A. W. Wallace

Source: Lebanon Valley College: A Centennial History, 1866-1966

College Motto

LVC's first motto was "Knowledge is Power" 1866-1906

LVC's current motto was adopted in 1906 - Libertas per Veritatem: "The Truth shall make you Free"

If you walk behind the current library - the Vernon & Doris Bishop Library - you will see that the motto "The Truth Shall Set You Free" is engraved onto the building.

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