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Herkness Real Estate Records

The W. &. M. Herkness Real Estate Records, 1854-1941

Wayne Herkness (1882-1957) entered the real estate business within a few years of his father’s untimely death in 1899.  The family lived at Cloverly Farm, a country estate on the north side of Vinegar Hill (Susquehanna Road).  In 1904 the property was divided for sub-division and the first homes on present day Sewell Lane were built. In 1905, Herkness joined with G. Henry Stetson, second son of John B. Stetson of hat fame, to form the firm of Herkness, Stetson & Company. A little later another gentleman by the last name of Cochran came into the firm, then known as Herkness, Stetson & Cochran. In the spring of 1909, Cochran left and the business was renamed Herkness & Stetson. By 1910, 
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Pennsylvania Bridges

Bill Minter's preservation efforts on Evan Pugh's books

Rebinding President Evan Pugh's book was one of Bill Minter's first bookbinding assignment since joining the University Libraries Preservation and Digitization Department in January 2014.

Evan Pugh was the first president of the Pennsylvania State University, serving from 1859 until his death from typhoid in 1864. ... see the Flickr exhibit about Bill Minter's preservation efforts on Evan Pugh's books

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