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The College Turns 160

A pictorial look at Lake Forest College history through the lens of The Forester yearbook

As Lake Forest College marks its 160th anniversary, Spectrum turned to the treasure trove of The Forester yearbooks—published on and off from 1892 through 2002—to share some of the most memorable images across the decades.

“A college annual is different from most other books in that it has a code all its own,” the foreword to the 1917 volume of The Forester explains. “It is a key which can unlock for its possessor all the treasures and keepsakes of a college year. It is most valuable to those who themselves have seen and done the things which it records—who, in turning over the pages, recognize this scene and remember that event.”

It is in this spirit that Spectrum hopes to spark memories for alumni who will celebrate their milestone reunions at Homecoming 2017, “A Toast to History.” Look back with us, on the next pages, at 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, and 2002 yearbook photos.