Rainville Giving W&L Founders Talk



Lynn Rainville, Washington and Lee University’s director of institutional history, will be the featured speaker at W&L’s Founders Day/Omicron Delta Kappa Convocation on Jan. 21 at 5 p.m. in Lee Chapel. The title of her talk is, “Untold Stories of Founders, Leaders and Other Visionaries at W&L.”

T h e event will be available to watch live at https://livestream.com/wlu.

Rainville is a public historian and anthropologist. Prior to joining the faculty at W&L, she was a member of the faculty at Sweet Briar College from 2001 to 2008, and a research professor in the humanities and director of the Tusculum Institute for Virginia history and historic preservation from 2008 to 2019. She served as dean of Sweet Briar from 2018 to 2019. She also held previous teaching positions at the University of Michigan, Dartmouth College and the University of Virginia.

Rainville is a member of the Virginia General Assembly’s African American Cultural Resources Task Force and treasurer of the Virginia History Forum. Her research is focused on sharing the untold stories of overlooked Virginians, studying enslaved communities, graveyards and cemeteries, segregated schools, World War I and town poor farms.