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Bugle's Echo author to present talk on book's research

By Clara B. Cox

Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 16 - January 16, 1997

Col. Harry D. Temple Jr., author of The Bugle's Echo, a history of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, will tell the story behind his book during a special event sponsored by the Friends of the University Libraries to honor the author at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, in the Newman Library lobby.

Temple, a 1934 Virginia Tech alumnus, has spent the past 23 years researching the corps and compiling its history. The first volume of his work, which covers1872-1900, was published in 1996. A former commanding officer of the U.S. Army Institute of Heraldry, Temple has also donated more than 900 volumes on heraldry to the university's Special Collections Department, as well as numerous photographs relevant to the university's history. He designed the Presidential Medal of Freedom for President John F. Kennedy and the insignia worn by the university's corps.

Temple's talk will be followed by a reception in the Special Collections Department. It will also highlight the opening of an exhibition of materials from the Temple Collection and curated by Joyce Nester. The exhibition will include Virginia Tech music and archival photographs uncovered by Temple during his research, photographs he took as a Virginia Tech cadet, items from the heraldry collection, artwork from some of his heraldry designs, memorabilia from his student days at Virginia Tech, and handwritten manuscripts for The Bugle's Echo. The materials will be displayed until April 6 to honor Temple and to help celebrate the beginning of Virginia Tech's 125th anniversary.

"Harry has done so much for the university and the library, and his book is a fabulous production. The friends group has been eager to provide an opportunity for others to join with us in paying tribute to him," said Lon Savage, chair of the friends.

Copies of The Bugle's Echo will be available for purchase from the Corps of Cadets during the event.

The talk and reception are open to the public, but space is limited and reservations are requested. For additional information or to make reservations, call 1- 6308.