Celebrating 150 Years of Vanderbilt History

Celebrating the Sesquicentennial with a commemorative V150 coffee table book.

Author Andrew Maraniss and University Archivist Kathy Smith Discuss 150 Years of Vanderbilt History

As part of Vanderbilt University’s ongoing Sesquicentennial celebration, the university created and distributed a complimentary commemorative V150 coffee table book chronicling its rich history to over 1,000 staff and faculty members on December 15 and 18. The book, titled “Vanderbilt Sesquicentennial – Celebrating 150 Years”, combines hundreds of photographs, documents, maps and artifacts to bring the story of Vanderbilt to life.

As part of the distribution, the bookstore hosted a special discussion featuring the book’s author, Andrew Maraniss, and university archivist Kathy Smith. This engaging conversation dove into the university’s historic milestones and the people who have shaped its identity over the years. The event provided a unique opportunity for the Vanderbilt community to gain insights into the institution’s fascinating past, fostering a sense of pride and connection among attendees. View a recording of the event above.

Vanderbilt staff member looking through their commemorative V150 coffee table book

The V150 coffee table book serves as a visual testament to Vanderbilt’s enduring legacy, showcasing captivating images and narratives that capture the spirit of the university. From its humble beginnings to its current status as a renowned academic institution, the book paints a vivid picture of Vanderbilt’s evolution.