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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: Signing off for now Penn State Diary: Signing off for now
86 weeks ago - Town and gown
In September 1990, Witt Yeagley, editor, and Mimi Barash Coppersmith, publisher, invited me to write a monthly column for Town & Gown magazine, and I happily accepted. With this August 2018 piece, my skein reaches 300, and I’m turning over my space to new writers and new ideas. Writing [Read More]
No Longer ‘Sleepy, Idyllic, and Unhurried,’ State College Continues to Evolve
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No Longer ‘Sleepy, Idyllic, and Unhurried,’ State College Continues to Evolve
92 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Lee Stout, Town&Gown
As a history guy, I naturally tend to see events as taking place within a larger context. Recently, I’ve found a book that does this for me in both history and geography. It’s The American College Town, by Blake Gumprecht, a professor of geography at the University of New Hampshire. [Read More]
No longer ‘sleepy, idyllic, and unhurried,’ State College continues to evolve No longer ‘sleepy, idyllic, and unhurried,’ State College continues to evolve
95 weeks ago - Town and gown
As a history guy, I naturally tend to see events as taking place within a larger context. Recently, I’ve found a book that does this for me in both history and geography. It’s The American College Town, by Blake Gumprecht, a professor of geography at the University of New Hampshire, [Read More]
1920s Penn State Wrestler Was the First Japanese Athlete to Win an Olympic Medal 1920s Penn State Wrestler Was the First Japanese Athlete to Win an Olympic Medal
100 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Lee Stout, Town&Gown
A bit of online archival digging soon identified a wrestler pictured on a wall at the U.S. Naval Academy as Katsutoshi Naito, a native of Hiroshima, Japan, who came to Penn State and earned a bachelor’s degree in horticulture. There was much more to his story. [Read More]
Penn State Diary: 1920s PSU wrestler was the first Japanese athlete to win an Olympic medal   Penn State Diary: 1920s PSU wrestler was the first Japanese athlete to win an Olympic medal
104 weeks ago - Town and gown
After 10 years of retirement, I don’t get many “questions for the archivist” anymore, but I had an unexpected one not too long ago. My wife and a group of friends from the University Women’s Club were touring the campus of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Lunch [Read More]
Names of Places in Centre County Have Lessons to Teach
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Names of Places in Centre County Have Lessons to Teach
111 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Lee Stout, Town&Gown
My mailing address says, “State College,” my tax bill says, “Patton Township,” but when someone local asks, I say I live in “Park Forest,” and most people in the “Centre Region” will know where to situate me. But these geographic facts don’t tell us much about the evolution of plac [Read More]
Penn State Diary: Names of places in Centre County have lessons to teach Penn State Diary: Names of places in Centre County have lessons to teach
112 weeks ago - Town and gown
My mailing address says, “State College,” my tax bill says, “Patton Township,” but when someone local asks, I say I live in “Park Forest,” and most people in the “Centre Region” will know where to situate me. But these geographic facts don’t tell us much about the evolution of plac [Read More]
Writing the Book on Beaver Stadium
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Writing the Book on Beaver Stadium
119 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Lee Stout, Town&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. [Read More]
Penn State Diary: Writing the Book on Beaver Stadium Penn State Diary: Writing the Book on Beaver Stadium
121 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?
127 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]
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