The Centre County Encyclopedia of History & Culture provides an authoritative look at the county’s past. The encyclopedia explores the county's history and culture, in all its variety, through topics and themes. It debuted on October 3, 2021, with 101 articles. New content is added monthly.

The encyclopedia is sponsored by the Centre County Historical Society. It won a 2022 Institutional Award of Merit from PA Museums, Pennsylvania’s statewide trade association serving museum professionals and institutions.

Mission & Goals

The mission of the encyclopedia is to share reliable and current information about historically significant events, groups, people, places, and things in Centre County. 

Goals that support the mission:

  • Develop a collaborative project that utilizes the expertise of individuals and groups
  • Provide authoritative information on a range of topics and themes
  • Create a web-based platform that is regularly updated to serve the needs of users

Standards & Practices

The encyclopedia follows accepted scholarly standards in the research, documentation, and presentation of content. All entries have been carefully reviewed and edited for accuracy, clarity, objectivity, and completeness.  Errors of fact or interpretation in the research and writing of articles will be investigated and corrected if required. 



Ford Risley
Lee Stout

Copy Editors

Gene Foreman
Kirstie Hettinga
Chris Ritchie


John Affleck
John Beale
Eddy Becker
R. Thomas Berner
Michael Bezilla
Rod Bingaman
William Blair
Glen Blume
Blannie E. Bowen
David Hilton Brown
Rick Bryant
Curtis Chan
Ben Cramer
Laurin Goad Davis
John Dillon
Mark Dryerson
Charles DuBois
Dave Dzkowski
James Engel
Jackie Esposito
Barbara Franco
Russell Frank
Jacob Fredericks
Megan Gilchrist
Kevin Hagopian

Bob Hazelton
Sally Heffentreyer
Vonnie Henninger
Ken Hickman
Cathy Horner
Rebecca Inlow
Matt Isham
Laurie Jeffreys
Philip Jenkins
Dick Jones
Megan Kelby
Patricia Kleban
John Kotz
Anna Ludwig
Nick Malizia
Cam Mallet
Steve Manuel
Priscilla Mariani
Matthew Maris
Lauren Mazzatesta
Sally McMurry
Jonathan McVerry
Lana Medina
Douglas Miller

Jon Nelson
Katie O’Toole
Patrick Parsons
Alexandra Pepe
Mike Poorman
Lou Prato
Michael Quinn
Karen Reichard
Jeff Rice
Ford Risley
Steve Sampsell
Ralph Seeley
Thomazine Shanahan
Maura Shea
Ronald A. Smith
Jenna Spinelle
Lee Stout
Matt Swayne
Leon Valsechi
Ashley Walter
Jeffry Wert
Roger Williams
Shannon Wright
Will Yurman


Ishaan Anavkar
Juliana Hart

Arielle Lim
Grey Rochon

Marinique Rolle
Alex Schmidt

Special Thanks

Pat Britten
Jon Pelky

Johanna Sedgwick
Mary Sorensen

Mike Milligan

The encyclopedia website is made possible in part through a grant provided by the Centre County Board of Commissioners and the Happy Valley Adventure Bureau.