Penn State’s ‘Century of Service to the Commonwealth’

A fascinating document from Penn State’s 1955 Centennial celebrations, commemorating the first century of Penn State’s existence. 1855-1955 Penn State- A Century of Service to the Commonwealth

Inspiriting Mount Nittany

Tom Shakely speaks to the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) on February 14, 2018 on Mount Nittany’s significance and historical conservation efforts:   As part of his presentation, Tom presented Penn State’s undergraduate student government with the gift of a Square Inch Life Estate Deed to Mount Nittany, a gift of the Nittany Valley Society. ...

James Irvin’s 1855 Letter to the Pennsylvania State Agricultural Society

Bellefonte, February 22nd, 1855 To the Executive Committee of the Penna. State Agricultural Society Gentlemen, Feeling a deep interest in the early and efficient organization of the “Farmers High School of Pennsylvania,” I have observed with pleasure that the Legislature now in session have repealed the Act of April 13th 1854 and passed an Act ...

#4 – Town life

Tom Shakely, Chris Buchignani, and Kevin Horne return for another College Towns installment. In continuing their conversation on the what makes college towns enchanting, your humble servants turn their gaze toward the nebulous and frightening topic of “town life.” They do it in autumn, when the spirit and life of a place like State College ...

Homecoming 2017 scenes

It’s Homecoming 2017 at Penn State, and we’re sharing a few scenes from a short campus walking tour—including our Facebook Live campus walk. Whether you live near or far, let these images transport you to a place we love.

Snowy Day in Happy Valley

BlueWhiteTV produced this calm and enchanting short film, “A Snowy Day in Happy Valley,” shot during the 2016-17 winter. It captures some of the most beautiful spaces on and around campus. It would be beautiful to watch a similar video with scenes from Mount Nittany, Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, the Indian Steps, and other wilder ...

‘History of Penn State’ course fills up

By Tom Shakely, August 14, 2017 We wrote in May about Penn State’s “HIST 197- History of Penn State” course that debuts this fall semester. Penn State News featured the course’s creation at that time: “The History of Penn State” grew out of discussions with several Penn State alumni who serve on the board of the ...

‘The Phyrst 50’ to begin filming 8/5

Documentary Celebrating 50 Years of Iconic State College Bar to Begin Filming August 5 during The Phyrst Reunion Celebration Cultural Impact of Popular Happy Valley Bar the Focus of the Film The Phyrst 50: A Bar in a College Town STATE COLLEGE, PA — (NEWSWIRE)—Stories that highlight the special significance of The Phyrst will be preserved ...

#3 – Pubs, beer, and social drinking

Kevin Horne and Tom Shakely return to the show to talk about pubs, beer, and social drinking. This wasn’t initially a priority for the first few shows, but then Kevin went and suggested it in the pilot. And now here we are. Another “private conversation, publicly shared,” this discussion on locale and libations has a flavor ...

#2 – Ritual and rituals

Tom Shakely and Kevin Horne (against their better judgment) return to the show. Purposefully raw and stripped down, this exploratory season of College Towns features a dozen or so episodes on the themes of the show. First up, ritual and rituals. What are rituals? Why do the shared experiences they create matter to people? What’s the ...

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