On Thursday, June 13, Mississippi State University Libraries honored Jorja Lynn of Holly Springs for her contribution to the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library. Lynn formally donated a Grant collection that belonged to her husband, the late Michael Edward Lynn III, in ceremonies held at 3 p.m. in the John Grisham Room at Mitchell Memorial Library. The public was invited.
The donation includes a number of Grant busts, lithographs, framed covers of Harpers Weekly, framed mixed media, and a variety of Grant curios.
"Mike and Jorja Lynn's collection spans the different stages of Grant's life and attests to Grant's popularity both in his own time and today. Among other items, there are prints and photographs of Grant as a general and commemorative plates made for his funeral, which was the largest presidential funeral in American history. And there are whimsical modern pieces like the bobble head and paper doll books," said Dr. John F. Marszalek, Executive Director of the Ulysses S. Grant Association and Presidential Library. "We're excited to add her important pieces to our existing collection and are very grateful for her generous donation."
Frances Coleman, Dean of Libraries, said "This is a significant donation to the Grant Presidential Library and we greatly appreciate Ms. Lynn donating the collection to the Library."
Michael Edward Lynn lll was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania in 1936. He attended Pace University in New York and served in the United States Army in Korea.
Lynn moved to Memphis in 1961 to work for Malco theaters. He became a manager for Dixiemart, and there he met his wife Jorja to whom he was married for 44 years.
Lynn formed Mid-South Sports Action, Inc to coordinate an effort to bring a professional NFL team to the Memphis. He joined the Minnesota Vikings in 1974 and served as general manager and operational owner. Lynn left the Vikings in 1990 to become the first and only president of the World League of American Football.
After retirement, Lynn moved to Holly Springs where he and Jorja restored the historic Walter Place, an important Ulysses S. Grant site which inspired their collection.
Over the course of 20 years they renovated the Walter Place as well as two other antebellum homes. He also founded the Oxford University Club in 1999.
For more information on the ceremonies, please contact Ben Nagel at 662-325-8183. For more information on MSU Libraries, please visit http://library.msstate.edu/. For information on the U.S. Grant Presidential Library, visit http://www.usgrantlibrary.org/
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