Category: Nittany Valley Press

Nit-A-Nee: A Tradition of a Juniata Maiden

This legendary origin story appears in “The Legends of the Nittany Valley,” and is taken from Henry W. Shoemaker’s 1916 “Juniata Memories: Legends Collected in Central Pennsylvania.” Narrated by Ben Novak.

Innovative Penn State students elevate local non-profit community

By Marcus Sabrowski, March 2017 Recently, The Nittany Valley Society has had the pleasure of working with students from the Penn State chapter of SCNO. Their consulting teams are helping us rethink and elevate marketing of the Nittany Valley Heritage Walk. The experience has been extremely positive, and we invited them to share their story with ...

In Search of Evan Pugh

By Chris Buchignani, February 2017 Three Penn State presidents have been laid to rest here in Centre County. President Atherton is famously interred right along Pollock Road adjacent to Schwab Auditorium, while Milton Eisenhower finds his final repose in Centre County Memorial Park along the Benner Pike. Evan Pugh, Penn State’s founding president and one ...

Penn State Football Remixes Its Past

By Chris Buchignani, January 2017 Suffering through a prolonged period of frustration and despair, the Penn State football team faces a do-or-die moment in an early Big Ten contest: Trailing in the fourth quarter and needing an unlikely game-extending play to keep hope alive, the Lions thread the needle, capping off a precarious come-from-behind win ...

Yule ales add to Advent Spirit (Nittany Valley Press Excerpt)

Today, it is not unusual to enter a bar and find a laundry list of exotic beers on tap or to hear news of a local brew pub or microbrewery opening up. Such was not the case in 1984 (only five years after the legalization of homebrewing) when the editor of the Centre Daily Times ...

Salute to veterans

By Chris Buchignani, November 2016 The great stories of any age are often best understood by tracing the tiny threads of personal experience. In following these winding strands, seeing where and how they intersect, we come to understand how the collective weight of countless individual acts underpins the forces that shape our world. On the ...

The Penn State-Wisconsin Rivalry That Never Was

By Chris Buchignani, October 2016 Recently, I found myself caught in Park Ave traffic behind a car adorned with an obnoxiously large Ohio State Buckeyes magnet. With merely a glimpse of it, my pulse quickened and my palms tightly gripped the steering wheel. As an ardent Nittany Lions fan, I recoiled at the unwelcome reminder ...

2016-17 Novak Fellowship: Penn State Heritage Trees & Groves

By Chris Buchignani, October 2016 Do you love Penn State? Are you passionate about harnessing the power of film to tell compelling stories? Consider applying for the 2016-17 Novak Fellowship. The 2016-17 Novak Fellowship sponsors creation of a video about Penn State’s Heritage Trees and Groves program. This year’s fellow will receive a $600 stipend. Prospective ...

The Legend of Penn’s Cave (Nittany Valley Press Excerpt)

This is the very first Pennsylvania legend published by folklorist Henry W. Shoemaker in 1902. It is the official legend featured at Penn’s Cave, where it is painted on a large sign at the entrance. This legend tells not of the Princess Nittany over whose burial mound (or over whose lover’s burial mound) Nittany Mountain ...

Why Learn the Penn State Story?

By Chris Buchignani, August 2016 To wrap up this series of articles on local efforts to bring history to life, I would like to focus on a project that is a source of great excitement and pride – The Nittany Valley Society’s support for an undergraduate course on Penn State history. In early 2013, two ...