Category: Princess Nittany

Princess Nittany: The Valley’s Folk Hero

At the end of August 2015, The Nittany Valley Society had an opportunity to participate in the first annual LION (Living In One Neighborhood) Bash. The outdoor festival celebrated the town/gown diversity of our community and aimed to connect the resident and student populations, groups that are often estranged even while living side-by-side. The NVS ...

A Surprise Princess Nittany Sighting

By Chris Buchignani, July 1, 2014 Last month, I wrote about the presence of Princess Nittany throughout the community for our regular online column with Town & Gown. From downtown murals to student movies, our local hero manifests in numerous forms around the Nittany Valley. Yesterday, I encountered her in a rather unlikely spot – a 1985 ...

Discovering Princess Nittany

By Chris Buchignani, May 2014 Who is Princess Nittany? Put simply, she is the Nittany Valley’s answer to Hercules, King Arthur, and Luke Skywalker — she’s a legendary champion who embodies virtues such as strength, heroism, wisdom, and compassion, and whose story helps define and strengthen a people’s sense of themselves. Like the proud Pennsylvania ...

Visions of Princess Nittany

By Chris Buchignani, June 29, 2013 At the core of The Nittany Valley Society’s mission are the related goals of preserving, strengthening and sharing the genius loci of the Nittany Valley; it is why we publish The Legends of the Nittany Valley, a collection of Henry Shoemaker’s Indian legends and folk tales pertaining to our area, and why we are ...