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Reminiscences of Dr. F.J. Pond: The Penn State Campus in the Atherton Era

Reminiscences of Dr. F.J. Pond: The Penn State Campus in the Atherton Era

by Dr. Francis J. Pond

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"The past," writes Ben Novak in his provocative book <em>Is Penn State a Real University?</em>, "because it was lived, cannot really be destroyed. It can only be covered over, like a lush jungle that gets condensed into a pool of oil or a vein of coal, just waiting to be drilled or mined to have its energy released. But you have to dig for it, and you have to know how to use it. When we don't know what is in the past, we cannot use it, and we cannot release its power."

In his <em>Reminiscences</em>, Dr. Francis J. Pond releases the power of an earlier era of the Nittany Valley's story. As a student of the Class of 1892 and eventually a professor at The Pennsylvania State College, Dr. Pond was witness to a lively era of growth and change, spearheaded through President George W. Atherton's vision and energy.

Before his death in 1943, Dr. Pond shared his memories of life in the Nittany Valley, from the establishment of fraternities, clubs, and literary societies, to the selection of the school colors, to student pranks, compulsory chapel and military drills, to the college football scandals of the day. In this short but significant book, Dr. Pond paints a vivid picture of a place both foreign and familiar.

Dr. Pond speaks to us across time through this short, but riveting, account of Penn State and the Nittany Valley in a defining time.


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BN ID: 2940015945775
Publisher: The Nittany Valley Society, Inc.
Publication date: 01/15/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 84 KB

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