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  • American Folklore and Cultural Knowledge: ‘The Building May Perish, but the Thought, the Legend, Lives On’

    American Folklore and Cultural Knowledge: ‘The Building May Perish, but the Thought, the Legend, Lives On’

    The Legends of the Nittany Valley feature only a small sampling of the total number of indigenous American Indian and Anglo-European settler legends collected or written by Henry W. Shoemaker, the first official Pennsylvania state folklorist. While folklore itself has been a part of the human experience from our earliest days, the formal study of folklore remains relatively new. Penn State has been a leader at the intersection of American literature and folklore, with Penn State’s Folklore Studies Program launched…

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  • Paul Clifford on Penn State nostalgia, Mount Nittany, and Old Willow

    Paul Clifford on Penn State nostalgia, Mount Nittany, and Old Willow

    Paul Clifford, chief executive officer of the Penn State Alumni Association and associate vice president for alumni relations for Penn State, recently wrote in his Penn State Alumni Association “Insights” column on Penn State nostalgia, Mount Nittany, and Old Willow: Nostalgia is defined as a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.  It seems to fill the air this time of year on college campuses.  Soon-to-be graduates scampering around…

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  • Conserve Mount Nittany with a Centre Gives 2021 Gift

    Conserve Mount Nittany with a Centre Gives 2021 Gift

    Mount Nittany is yours, and your gift today (before 9pm!) will help conserve the Mountain in its natural state for all to hike and love. We founded the Mount Nittany Conservancy with the conviction that Mount Nittany should be preserved from deforestation, development, and defacement forever. We believe that Mount Nittany should always be a proud symbol of Penn State and the Nittany Valley for every generation. It’s why we work to conserve the Mountain in its natural state. We…

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  • Tom Smyth, In Memoriam

    Tom Smyth, In Memoriam

    Penn Stater Magazine memorialized the late Tom Smyth in its July/August 2020 issue with this profile. Mount Nittany’s Tom Smyth Overlook is named in his honor.

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  • Penn State Gamma Sigma Sigma and Circle K Mountain Work Parties

    Scenes from the trail during the Mount Nittany Conservancy volunteer work parties in October 2019. The first photo features nine women from Penn State Gamma Sigma Sigma, and the second photo features members of the Penn State Circle K chapter: Please leave this field empty Get Mount Nittany News in Your Inbox First name * Last name * Email Address * We respect your inbox. Check your inbox or spam to confirm your subscription.

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  • Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy Work Party

    Scenes from the trail during the Mount Nittany Conservancy volunteer work party with Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy. Saint Joe’s did a great job helping clear downed trees along the outer trail loop (until we ran out of oil for the chainsaw). They also did an amazing job clearing a few of the overlooks—specifically the Boalsburg, Rockview, and Nittany Mall Overlooks. They also put a huge dent in clearing away debris and reorganizing logs at the Deeded Square Inches space. Please…

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  • ‘Do you know the origin of that word, saunter?’

    ‘Do you know the origin of that word, saunter?’

    John Muir, as quoted in The Mountain Trail and Its Message in 1911: “Hiking—I don’t like either the word or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains—not hike! Do you know the origin of that word, ‘saunter’? It’s a beautiful word. Away back in the Middle Ages people used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and when people in the villages through which they passed asked where they were going, they would reply, “A la sainte…

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