The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Museum
The VTCC Museum began in 1985, when then-Commandant Lt. Gen. Howard M. Lane asked Col. Joseph Reich ’75, then a captain and an Air Force ROTC detachment instructor, to start a Corps Museum. Since then, it has primarily been a diverse collection of Corps memorabilia: old uniforms and historical artifacts passed down and donated by alumni over the years. In the beginning the museum was small enough to reside in Rasche Hall’s guard room, but the collection grew and was then housed in Rasche’s study lounge area (doubling in size). Through the years, its primary caretakers were local Corps alumni, the Regimental historian and his or her staff, and Col. Rock and Patty Roszak.
Due to the new dorm construction on upper quad, the museum contents were temporarily moved in the fall/winter of 2012-13 to the Newman Library, where they are today. The library donated a beautiful area on the fourth floor to hold the museum’s display cases. The original Skipper cannon was also moved to a temporary home in the Holtzman Alumni Center’s museum, where you can also see it on display.
In the future, the Corps Museum will be housed in the Corps Leadership and Military Science (CLMS) building on Upper Quad. Fund-raising efforts are well underway to raise funds for this building. If you are interested in helping with this effort, please contact the VTCC development team.
The history of the Corps of Cadets at Virginia Tech is the history of the University. The mission of the VTCC Museum is to tell the story of the Corps’ past, present and future for not only future generations of cadets, but for the public as a whole. The museum strives to acquire, preserve and maintain a respectful and accessible collection and presentation of the rich history of the cadets who have gone to serve honorably in the Armed Forces of the United States, as well as in the private sector. Currently, the museum is managed by the Corps Historian staff, with help from the Virginia Tech library’s Special Collection staff.
If you would like to make a donation of memorabilia items to the museum, please contact Musuem Curator Samantha Riggin at 540-231-8807 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are visiting Blacksburg, please stop by the library or the Holtzman Alumni Center to see the Corps items on display. In addition, the Corps Historians can provide tours of the museum dependent on their class schedules, so please contact the alumni office if you are interested.