The inspiration for the Henszey-Pyle Fund include the interest that Anne and Kenneth have in the history of the community in which they grew up and their belief in the value of the study of history. Anne is the great-great-grand daughter of Moses and Mary Irvin Thompson and great-grand daughter of John Hamilton all of whose contributions to regional history are honored at the Centre Furnace Mansion and within the Centre County Historical Society. Kenneth, who acquired a love of the study of history growing up in State College, is the Henry M. Jackson Professor of History and International Studies Emeritus at the University of Washington where he has taught history for over fifty years.
History is an interpretive art, based on available evidence. Accordingly, the interpretations are, at times, controversial and contested. The Centre County Historical Society strongly supports freedom of speech and the First Amendment rights of our speakers, authors, and writers. The Society does not necessarily endorse or support all views, conclusions, and opinions expressed, yet believes they merit entry into the marketplace of ideas and the scrutiny it affords.
The Henszey-Pyle Distinguished Author Series is underwritten by the Anne Hamilton Henszey Pyle and Kenneth B. Pyle Educational Fund for Regional Heritage Preservation (Henszey-Pyle Fund.) The Series is coordinated by CCHS Board of Governors member Dr. Ford Risley.
Professor Ford Risley will present an illustrated talk, “Reporting the Civil War,” based on his book, Civil War Journalism. The talk will be held on March 26 at 2 p.m. at the Centre Furnace Mansion.
The Civil War was the first American war widely reported by newspapers and magazines. Hundreds of correspondents, photographers and artists in the field chronicled the four years of fighting on land and sea.
The talk will examine how the war was reported during a time when newspapers and magazines became essential reading for Americans. A colorful cast of newsmen from the North and South reported the conflict in words and pictures. At a time when no standards existed for sound and responsible journalism, many met the challenge admirably, providing reports that were informative and insightful. However, less-skilled men for both sides also reported news that was inaccurate, exaggerated, or reckless.
Ford Risley is Distinguished Professor of Communications in the Bellisario College of Communications at Penn State. He is the author or editor of four books, including Civil War Journalism and Abolition and the Press: The Moral Struggle over Slavery, as well as numerous journalism articles, essays, and reviews. He also serves as co-editor of the Centre County Encyclopedia of History & Culture.
The talk is a part of the distinguished author series underwritten by the Anne Hamilton Henszey Pyle and Kenneth B. Pyle Educational Fund for Regional Heritage Preservation. The program is free and open to the public. Donations are graciously accepted.
Lay This Body Down
Tuesday, May 2, 2023, 7:00 p.m.
State College native Charles Fergus writes mysteries set in Pennsylvania in the Jacksonian Era of the 1830s. He will present a talk and book signing about his third Gideon Stoltz Mystery, Lay This Body Down.
The talk will examine how the war was reported during a time when newspapers and magazines became essential reading for Americans. A colorful cast of newsmen from the North and South reported the conflict in words and pictures.
Thomas E. Range II and Lewis Lazarow
Penn State Blue Band
Sunday, October 23, 2022
”From its humble beginnings as a six-member all-male drum and bugle corps to its current membership of over 300 instrumentalists, silks, and majorettes, the Blue Band has provided the soundtrack to the Penn State experience.”
Mary E. Stuckey
Deplorable: The Worst Presidential Campaigns from Jefferson to Trump
Sunday, April 10, 2022
The word “unprecedented” was often applied to Donald Trump. But was he really that unusual? Deplorable begins with that question, and examines nine presidential elections between 1800 and 2020 to discover just what makes elections deplorable and how often and why such elections recur in American politics.
George Washington’s First Inaugural Address and Why It Still Matters
Sunday, March 14, 2021
Stephen Howard Browne is a Liberal Arts Professor of Rhetoric at The Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of five books, including, most recently, The Ides of War: George Washington and the Newberg Crisis, and The First Inauguration: George Washington and the Invention of the Republic.
This program is based on Fergus’s latest historical mystery, “Nighthawk’s Wing,” set in 1836 in fictional Colerain County, Pennsylvania featuring a young Pennsylvania German sheriff trying to solve crimes in a clannish Scots-Irish community in the central Pennsylvania backcountry.
First Pennsylvanians: The Archaeology of Native Americans in Pennsylvania
February 2, 2020
Carr has been the Senior Curator of Archaeology at the State Museum of Pennsylvania since November 2007.
The Rowland Story: Beauty from Ashes
September 27, 2020
Rebecca Inlow tells the story of coal mines and railroads and a 1,000-seat single screen movie theatre that has defied all odds to survive more than a century in a small town. Rebecca, a Board member and volunteer at the Rowland Theatre will also share images of small treasures from the past century that have been found as work has continued on the lower balcony floor.
Consumed Nostalgia: Memory in the Age of Fast Capitalism
October 15, 2017
Presented by Dr. Gary Cross, Distinguished Professor of Modern History at Pennsylvania State University.
Simon J. Bronner, Ph.D.
The Past and Future of Pennsylvania German Studies—and Pennsylvania German Identity
January 28, 2018
Presented by Simon J. Bronner, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor Emeritus of American Studies and Folklore and Founding Director Emeritus of the Center for Pennsylvania Culture Studies at Penn State Harrisburg.
Roger L. Williams
Evan Pugh’s Penn State: America’s Model Agricultural College
March 25, 2018
Presented by author Roger L. Williams, past Associate Vice President and Executive Director of the Penn State Alumni Association.
Native People and Their Paths in Central Pennsylvania
August 26, 2018
Ralph’s greatest legacy stems from his love of the outdoors which he has shared with and helped to instill in generations of Centre Countians.
Dr. Sally McMurry
Pennsylvania Farming: A History in Landscapes
September 9, 2018
Presented by Dr. Sally McMurry, Professor Emerita of History, Penn State University
The History of Beaver Stadium
October 23, 2016
Lee Stout, Historical Society Board member, is a Librarian Emeritus and former Head of Public Services and Outreach for Special Collections at the Penn State University Libraries.
The History of Beaver Stadium
October 23, 2016
Harry West is Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering.