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Mt. Nittany in Fall


Two free podcasts about Mount Nittany have just been released and are available for listening or download at

The podcasts were co-produced by Patty Satalia, senior producer/host at WPSU-TV and FM, and by Kathleen O’Toole, Penn State PhD in communications, and lecturer at the University. Says Satalia, who narrates the podcasts, “As much as I've always appreciated Mt. Nittany and enjoyed occasional hikes, I had no idea until we started this project just how significant, even sacred, the place is to so many people. That made it a really satisfying assignment.” more about the Mt. Nittany Podcasts

Pennsylvania Bridges

Pennsylvania Bridges Collection, 1884-1915

The railroad bridges, built in the 19th century, were photographed between 1891-1915, and depict different types of bridges, structural details, transmission towers, and bridge construction. The bridges were used by at least seventeen different railroads including the Pennsylvania Railroad, the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad, the Susquehanna and Buffalo Railroad, West Penn Railway, and the West Virginia and Ohio Railroad. ... read more about the Pennsylvania Bridges Collection, 1884-1915

Anderson Ellis drawing card

Drawing Cards in the Albert A. Anderson Jr. and Evelynn M. Ellis Art Education Collection

One of the difficulties in locating examples of early drawing publications is that they were designed to be used frequently—and they were, often to the point of destruction. This accounts for their relative scarcity compared with other kinds of published works of the same period; there simply are not many left.  ... read more about the Anderson Ellis Art Education Collection