The Centre County Encyclopedia of History & Culture provides an authoritative look at the county’s past. The encyclopedia presents Centre County's history and culture, in all its variety, through topics and themes.

The encyclopedia is sponsored by the Centre County Historical Society. Founded in 1904, the society is the official historical society of Centre County, working collaboratively with local, regional, county, and state organizations to preserve and promote the area’s historic, cultural, and natural resources through programs and exhibitions, archival and artifact collections, and publications. ​

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
Chris Ritchie


John Affleck
John Beale
R. Thomas Berner
Michael Bezilla
Blannie E. Bowen
Curtis Chan
John Dillon
Mark Dryerson
Dave Dzkowski
James Engel
Jacob Fredericks
Kevin Hagopian
Bob Hazelton
Sally Heffentreyer
Vonnie Henninger

Ken Hickman
Cathy Horner
Rebecca Inlow
Matt Isham
Patricia Kleban
Cam Mallett
Steve Manuel
Priscilla Mariani
Matthew Maris
Sally McMurry
Jonathan McVerry
Jon Nelson
Katie O’Toole
Patrick Parsons
Mike Poorman

Lou Prato
Karen Reichard
Jeff Rice
Ford Risley
Steve Sampsell
Ralph Seeley
Jenna Spinelle
Lee Stout
Matt Swayne
Ashley Walter
Jeffrey Wertz
Roger Williams
Shannon Wright
Will Yurman


Arielle Lim
Grey Rochon

Marinique Rolle
Alex Schmidt

Special Thanks

Pat Britten
Jon Pelky

Johanna Sedgwick
Mary Sorensen