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The public is invited to a book talk by Mike Jernigan, author of "Auburn Man: The Life & Times of George Petrie" on Thursday, May 18 at 4 p.m. at Pebble Hill.

Whether in his role as one of the nation’s foremost historians or as the first Auburn Tigers football coach, George Petrie played a critical part in both Auburn’s evolution as a modern academic institution and in the founding of its athletics program. Not only did Petrie observe and record many of the important decisions that shaped the modern Auburn University, he made them. "Auburn Man: The Life and Times of George Petrie" recounts the formative years in the history of Tigers athletics. It is an account of the people and events behind Auburn’s academic evolution from a struggling agricultural and mechanical college to a modern, comprehensive university. Indeed, the story of Petrie’s remarkable Auburn career, which spanned more than a half-century and culminated with his writing of “The Auburn Creed,” is the very story of the college itself. 

Mike Jernigan is founding editor and editor emeritus of Auburn Magazine, the alumni periodical of Auburn University, and a two-time Auburn alumnus with a master’s degree in history. After retiring from the Auburn Alumni Association in 2004, he lived in the Cayman Islands before returning to Auburn, where he teaches history at Lee-Scott Academy and has been a freelance contributor to numerous periodicals including Coastal Living, World War II Magazine, American Eagle Latitudes, Airways and Cayman Airways Skies. He is also co-author of a second book, "After the Arena," with former Auburn football coach Pat Dye.

The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by refreshments. Books will be available for purchase and signing. The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities at Pebble Hill is located at 101 S. Debardeleben St. 

For more information on the program, call 844-4903 or visit the website.