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Lee Stout, Town&Gown

Lee Stout is Librarian Emeritus, Special Collections for Penn State.

Articles by Lee Stout, Town&Gown

Penn State Diary: Writing the Book on Beaver Stadium Penn State Diary: Writing the Book on Beaver Stadium
2 weeks ago - Town and gown
Lair of the Lion, a History of Beaver Stadium “hit the streets” this past August, much to the delight of Penn State football fans and to the co-authors as well. Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering Harry H. West and I have worked on this book since 2013 and it seems like [Read More]
Penn State Diary: What Would Centre County Be Like Without PSU?
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Penn State Diary: What Would Centre County Be Like Without PSU?
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Lee Stout, Town&Gown
At the intersection of Penn State and Centre County history, we wonder … what if the trustees of the Farmers’ High School (FHS) had chosen to locate their school in one of the other seven counties that offered land for it back in 1855? And then — what would Centre County be like today if Penn [Read More]
Penn State Diary: What would Centre County be like without PSU? Penn State Diary: What would Centre County be like without PSU?
11 weeks ago - Town and gown
Back in 1961, I was entering high school and it was the time of the Civil War Centennial. As a history buff, I read whatever I could about the conflict. But one book hit me as none had before. MacKinlay Kantor’s If the South Had Won the Civil War was “alternate” or [Read More]
Penn State Diary: Beta Theta Pi House and a University History Museum
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Penn State Diary: Beta Theta Pi House and a University History Museum
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Lee Stout, Town&Gown
With the fate of the Beta Theta Pi house in limbo, one suggestion is for a Penn State history museum. [Read More]
Penn State Diary: Beta Theta Pi controversy Penn State Diary: Beta Theta Pi controversy
19 weeks ago - Town and gown
In June, the Beta Theta Pi controversy prompted me to write about the challenges of being a fraternity member or leader. Recently, the fate of the house itself has become a topic of controversy as well. The land the house sits on is under a long-term lease from the university, which requires the [Read More]
Penn State Diary: Public perception and the complex reality of the Greek system Penn State Diary: Public perception and the complex reality of the Greek system
28 weeks ago - Town and gown
Fraternities have been a contentious topic on campus this year. But the death of Beta Theta Pi pledge Timothy Piazza and the indictment of 18 Beta members on charges related to that tragic incident brought the academic year to a shattering end. As a result, there seems to be an official posture that [Read More]
PSU Diary: Shortlidge’s less-than-year term as president PSU Diary: Shortlidge’s less-than-year term as president
215 weeks ago - Town and gown
Penn State’s presidential search is in the news, and so my thoughts naturally turn to past presidents. One in particular who piques my interest is the man who served the shortest term of any Penn State president — Joseph Shortlidge. Appointed in 1880, he was out of a job about 10 months [Read More]
Penn State Diary: Comic Relief Penn State Diary: Comic Relief
250 weeks ago - Town and gown
Last month’s column traced the history of the Daily Collegian, Penn State’s student newspaper, from its earliest antecedent, the September 30, 1859, handwritten issue of The Anonymous. However, news may not have been its primary concern. The opening page concluded, “Our motto is [Read More]
Having fewer athletic scholarships is not new to school’s football program  Having fewer athletic scholarships is not new to school’s football program
274 weeks ago - Town and gown
In the spring of 1950, Penn State’s students began a campaign to hire “a big-time coach for a big-time college.” Penn State was already a big college. Enrollment had temporarily ballooned thanks to the G.I. Bill, but with the count surpassing 11,000 in the early ’50s, it [Read More]
Penn State Diary: Cultural Lessons Penn State Diary: Cultural Lessons
286 weeks ago - Town and gown
Fixing school’s “dysfunctional culture” means realizing where the problem lies By Lee Stout    In 2005, I wrote a column about the concept of institutional culture and how the increased awareness of our history had brought out a stronger sense of this idea at Penn [Read More]
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