WPSU's StoryCorps

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In October, we stopped at the Old Gregg School in the Penns Valley town of Spring Mills. Penns Valley Conservation Association president Jim Zubler and the new executive director, Andrea Ferich, talk to Tom Doman, one of the early leaders of PVCA, about its importance to the Penns Valley community.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In October, we stopped at the Old Gregg School in the Penns Valley town of Spring Mills. Robin Bastress talks with Penns Valley Elementary School teacher and cross-country and basketball coach Terry Glunt about coaching and teaching in Penns Valley for 25 years.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In October, we stopped at the Old Gregg School in the Penns Valley town of Spring Mills. Sandra Yohe talks with her mother Marie Breon about her life, and how she met her husband.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In October, we stopped at the Old Gregg School in the Penns Valley town of Spring Mills. Jim Zubler and Andrea Ferich talk to Nicholas Brink about his time in central Pennsylvania starting with when he moved here in 1970 to take a job at Penn State. Brink had already been active in the civil rights movement while he was working on a PhD at UCLA.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In October, we stopped at the Old Gregg School in the Penns Valley town of Spring Mills. Mary T. Hosterman asks her husband Orvil about his life growing up on a farm outside of Aaronsburg.

    Story Corps Penns Valley: Curt and Stan Bierly

    March 12, 2014

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In October, we stopped at the Old Gregg School in the Penns Valley town of Spring Mills. Curt Bierly and his son Stan talk about the family business, Stanley C. Bierly, in Millheim.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In October, we stopped at the Old Gregg School in the Penns Valley town of Spring Mills. Longtime friends Pauline Zerby and Jerelene Reish talk about growing up in Millheim.

    Story Corps Penns Valley: Don and Peggy Myers

    March 5, 2014

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In October we stopped in the Penns Valley town of Spring Mills. Don and Peggy Myers talk about the bicentennial celebration in Spring Mills in 1976 and about Don's memories of growing up on his family farm.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In October, we stopped at the Old Gregg School in the Penns Valley town of Spring Mills. Susan Haney talks to her friends Ina Bechtol and Tess Hartle, sisters who grew up in Spring Mills during the Great Depression.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In October, we stopped at the Old Gregg School in the Penns Valley town of Spring Mills. Doug Bierly talks to Vonnie Henninger, an historian who's given hundreds of presentations about the history of central Pennsylvania.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In October, we stopped at the Old Gregg School in the Penns Valley town of Spring Mills. Greta Haney speaks with Carl Gaffron, her high school English teacher. He retired from teaching a few years ago.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In October, we stopped in the Penns Valley town of Spring Mills. Doug Bierly speaks with Betty Strouse about her life with her husband, Walter.

    Story Corps Penns Valley: Mary Kay and Greg Williams

    February 17, 2014

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In October we stopped at the Old Gregg School in the Penns Valley town of Spring Mills. Wife and husband Mary Kay and Greg Williams talk about renovating the Cooke Tavern in Spring Mills.

    Story Corps Penns Valley: Troy and Angela Smith

    February 12, 2014

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In October, we stopped in the Penns Valley town of Spring Mills. Angela and her husband Troy discuss their life together in Millheim, Pennsylvania.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In October, we stopped at the Old Gregg School in the Penns Valley town of Spring Mills. Debra Heller talks with her mother-in-law Byrd Futhey about her life.

    Story Corps Ag Progress Days: Ron and Sue Smith

    December 9, 2013

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In August, we gathered stories about farm life at the Pasto Agricultural Museum at Ag Progress Days outside of State College. Sue Smith interviews her husband Ron about life growing up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In August, we gathered stories about farm life at the Pasto Agricultural Museum at Ag Progress Days outside of State College. Eight-year-old Samuel Bachman and 5-year-old Alejandra Bachman ask their grandmother Nancy Bachman to tell them stories from Mudlick Farms, where Nancy's great grandmother Mina B. Clark started a farm in 1884.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In August, we gathered stories about farm life at the Pasto Agricultural Museum at Ag Progress Days outside of State College. Pasto Museum intern Naomi Ulmer interviews Stephen Spencer about the advances he's seen in dairy farming throughout his lifetime.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In August, we gathered stories about farm life at the Pasto Agricultural Museum at Ag Progress Days outside of State College. Leslie Zuck interviews her nieces Vasilia and Jewels Sandoval about visiting her farm in Spring Mills, Pennsylvania, when they were younger.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In August, we gathered stories about farm life at the Pasto Agricultural Museum at Ag Progress Days outside of State College. Susan Gage interviews her father Peter Ferretti about what it was like growing up on a self-sufficient farm during the Great Depression.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In August, we gathered stories about farm life at the Pasto Agricultural Museum at Ag Progress Days outside of State College. Naomi Ulmer interviews Darwin Braund about life on a farm and his experiences with draft animals.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In August, we gathered stories about farm life at the Pasto Agricultural Museum at Ag Progress Days outside of State College. Emily Steffensmeier interviews her father Darrell about growing up on a 300-acre farm in Iowa.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In August, we gathered stories about farm life at the Pasto Agricultural Museum at Ag Progress Days outside of State College. Larry Harpster and Kenneth Rudy interview their friend Elwood Homan about growing up on a farm just down the road from Ag Progress Days.

    Story Corps Ag Progress Days: Marilyn and Bob Bloom

    November 11, 2013

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In August, we gathered stories about farm life at the Pasto Agricultural Museum at Ag Progress Days outside of State College. Marilyn Bloom tells her husband Bob about the story of her grandfather, who came from Canada to start a farm in Michigan.

    Story Corps Ag Progress Days: Glenn and Doris Carter

    November 6, 2013

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In August, we gathered stories about farm life at the Pasto Agricultural Museum at Ag Progress Days outside of State College. Glenn Carter and his wife Doris discuss how it was growing up during the end of the Great Depression and how they met each other at Penn State University.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In August, we gathered stories about farm life at the Pasto Agricultural Museum at Ag Progress Days outside of State College. Pasto intern Naomi Ulmer interviews Edward Buss about growing up in a tough time and place for farmers- in the Midwest in the 1930s.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In August, we gathered stories about farm life at the Pasto Agricultural Museum at Ag Progress Days outside of State College. Billie Thompson interviews her husband Darrell about his life on a farm in southwestern Pennsylvania during the Depression years.

    Story Corps Ag Progress Days: Lou and Randy Moore

    October 28, 2013

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In August, we gathered stories about farm life at the Pasto Agricultural Museum at Ag Progress Days outside of State College. Randy Moore interviews his father Lou about growing up on a farm in Maryland.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In August, we gathered stories about farm life at the Pasto Agricultural Museum at Ag Progress Days outside of State College. Danadee Miller-Boyle talks about her great-grandfather's farm, which he called "Fairyland Farms," and which often hosted country western singers who later became stars.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In August, we gathered stories about farm life at the Pasto Agricultural Museum at Ag Progress Days outside of State College. Naomi Ulmer interviews Larry Harpster. The two have worked as volunteers together at the Pasto Museum.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In August, we gathered stories about farm life at the Pasto Agricultural Museum at Ag Progress Days outside of State College. Gary Petersen is interviewed by his eight-year-old grandson Evan Mellace, about growing up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In August, we gathered stories about farm life at Ag Progress Days outside of State College. Winabelle Deppen interviews her husband Marion about his experiences as a farm boy during the Great Depression and his life-long involvement with Ag Progress Days.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In August, we gathered stories about farm life at Ag Progress Days outside of State College. Betty Jane Mincemoyer talks about what it was like to grow up on a farm in Blair County during the Great Depression.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In August, we gathered stories about farm life at Ag Progress Days outside of State College. Nancy Hatch talked with her husband Cordell about growing up on a farm in Tennessee and how he decided to leave the farm to go to college.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Altoona. Jerry Zolten interviews Jerrone Barnes about his experiences in music and performance.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Altoona. Ken Womack interviews his colleague, Lori Bechtel-Wherry, the Chancellor of Penn State Altoona.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Altoona. Mark and Lynn Chaplin talk about the unusual hotel their father ran.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Altoona. Travis and Krista Etters interview their grandmother, Hilda Heacox, about her husband, her career, and Depression-era Pennsylvania.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Altoona. Jon Yon talks with his mother, Naomi Yon about her childhood and her career as a nurse.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Altoona. Paula Pimentel interviews her father, Benjamin Root. He talks about his childhood and his community involvement.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Altoona. Robert S. Donaldson interviews his parents, Connie and Robert I. Donaldson. They talk their family bakery and growing up in Altoona during WWII.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Altoona. Cathy Griffith talks with her friend Kaitlin Farnan. They were brought together by cancer.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Altoona. Annie Clay interviews her husband (and WTAJ news anchor) John Clay about being a father and about what's important to him in their relationship.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Altoona. Amy McCall talks with her father, Richard Walker, about his father's work in construction, including helping build the Squirrel Hill Tunnel in Pittsburgh.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Altoona. Robert Reese talks with his friend Brent Ottaway.

    Pamela Synder-Etters talks with long-time Altoona Symphony Orchestra member Shirley Pechter. Pechter is 92 and has been with the symphony since it was founded in 1928.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Altoona. Brenda Jennings talks with her friend and neighbor Jan Housman about growing up Jewish in the 1950s.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Altoona. Hiro McNulty talks with his grandmother Bridget McNulty about growing up in Pittsburgh.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Altoona. Robert Donaldson talks with his wife Carolyn about how they met thirty years ago when Robert's friend Mickey introduced them.

    Jackie Schoch talks with Anita McDonald. Both women have held the top job at Penn State DuBois. McDonald is just retiring from the chancellor position. Schoch held the position from 1978 to 1990, when it was called Chief Executive Officer. Schoch talks about growing up in DuBois and the challenges she faced while leading the Penn State DuBois campus.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In October, we stopped in DuBois. Paula Giffin talked to her mother Joanne Giffin about how she met Paula's father.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In October, we stopped in DuBois. Jenny Lisak talked with Carol Houser, her best friend of 51 years, about their time together in Catholic school, their time working in predominantly male professions, and their current fears about fracking in their town.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In October, we stopped in DuBois. Yola Sekula talked with her son Paul about her parents and about how she met the love of her life.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Huntingdon. Sue Querry talks with her niece, Zoe Babe. The two talk about what it was like to grow up on a farm in Warriors Mark.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Huntingdon. Pam Grugan talks with her daughter, Cecilia. Pam shares one of their family's many treasured stories about Cecilia's father, Scott, who died of a heart attack seven years ago.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Huntingdon. Nancy Shedd, talks with her brothers, John and Charles Swigart. The siblings reminisce about growing up in Huntingdon and how different life was back then.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Huntingdon. Leo Steinbeiser talks with his older brother, Skip. They reminisce about growing up on a farm in Sinking Valley.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Huntingdon. Dana Harris talks with her friend, Heidi Averill. Despite their 19-year age difference, the two bonded through their battles with cancer.

    Stanford Lembeck talks with his friend Holly Mollo. Lembeck and Mollo are a part of the synagogue, Agudath Achim of Huntingdon. The two friends helped to create The Center for the Study of Jewish Life in Central Pennsylvania. It's a collaboration of Agudath Achim, Juniata College, and the Juniata College Hillel Association. These groups are collecting and recording stories of Jewish history in central Pennsylvania.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Huntingdon. Ross Rager talks with his wife, Michele. The young Huntingdon couple talks about Ross's family, and what he learned growing up on a small farm in Jackson Township.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Huntingdon. Three friends, Cloyd Howerton, Stephen Heine, and Robert Blair Stewart, who are all members of the Huntingdon Park and Road Association, talk about their memories of Blair Park. Stewart is a relative of J.C. and Kate Blair, who originally donated the park to the community.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Huntingdon. Carrie VanPelt talks with her friend, Eda Case. After discovering that farm life in Penns Valley was not for her, VanPelt attended Penn State, and later the University of Pennsylvania, to become a nurse.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Huntingdon. Gene Hoffman talks with her friend, Bonnie Morningstar. They talk about Hoffman's experiences growing up on a farm in Huntingdon.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Huntingdon. David Bowen talks with his wife, Reba. They talk about their work in prison ministry.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Huntingdon. Greg Anderson talks with co-worker, Priscilla Gibboney. Anderson and his wife, Jessie, started a popular coffee shop in Huntingdon, called the Standing Stone Coffee Company, where Gibboney is now a barista.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Huntingdon. Andrew Murray talks with his former co-worker, Liz Widman. In 1985, Dr. Murray founded the Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at Juniata College.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Huntingdon. Annie Wishard talks with her employee, Julie Price. They talk about the Gage Mansion in Huntingdon. Wishard lives in the mansion and runs her business out of it. And she says it's haunted.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Huntingdon. Siblings Mimi Isett, Charles Stewart and Susan Cipar talk about their mother who died recently at the age of 106 and their uncle who died a few years ago at 101. The three reminisce as they take a break from cleaning out their mother's house.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Huntingdon. Mary Ann Buckley talks with her uncle and aunt, Dean and Betty Grove. They talk about growing up in the Huntington area, and how they met in the local grange, which is an organization for farmers.

    Douglas Stiffler, a Chinese history professor from Juniata College talks with Mao Xiaoyu who is a student from China. Mao is interested in politics, and has discovered an admiration for a 1950's Chinese student leader named Lin Zhao. The day before coming to America, Mao even took a trip to visit her grave.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Huntingdon. Herman Nagle talks with his son Roy Nagle. They talk about Herman's experience growing up in Altoona during World War II.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Huntingdon. Robert Wagoner talks with his former student Sarah Worley. They talk about Wagoner's years of teaching and his close encounter with medieval Russian icons.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. In March, we stopped in Huntingdon. Eugene Goshorn talks with his wife Alberta Goshorn. They talk about Goshorn's childhood memories with his grandfather, who died of silicosis after years of working in a local brickyard.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. The first stop was in Bradford, in McKean County. Justin Willoughby talks with his friend Josh Hatcher. They talk about Willoughby's long struggle to lose weight, about 600 pounds so far.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. The first stop was in Bradford, in McKean County. Dick McDowell, the President of Pitt-Bradford from 1973 to 2002, talks with his long time colleague Jim Evans. Evans is currently the Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs at the university. They talk about Tullah Hanley, an early benefactor of the university and quite a character.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. The first stop was in Bradford, in McKean County. Christina Siewe, who was born in Cameroon, talks with her friend Tammy Haley about their experiences volunteering at a health clinic in Siewe's hometown. Siewe helped create the clinic and it's run by her sister.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. The first stop was in Bradford, in McKean County. Cheryl Bazzoui talks with her granddaughter Stephanie Cleveland.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. The first stop was in Bradford, in McKean County. Cliff Hastings talks about some of his childhood memories, including a visit to Bradford by the circus.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. The first stop was in Bradford, in McKean County. To celebrate Valentine's Day, a story that shows love can strike twice. Marcia Daly McAndrew interviews her mother Rita Daly Hogan about the great loves of her life.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. The first stop was in Bradford, in McKean County. Last week, Robert Fair was interviewed by his wife Tracy Keppel. Now they turn the tables. Tracy talks about her Irish grandparents and her lifelong love of horses.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. The first stop was in Bradford, in McKean County. Robert Fair talks with his wife Tracy Keppel. Fair started his degree in Psychology at Pitt Bradford, where this recording took place.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. The first stop was in Bradford in McKean County. Cheryl Bazzoui talks with her father, Robert Himes, about his life, including his time in World War Two.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. The first stop was in Bradford, Pennsylvania in McKean County. Rebecca Billings talks with her friend Margie Holland about her lifetime involvement in girls' sports.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. The first stop was in Bradford, Pennsylvania in McKean County. Fred Young talks with his son Jeffrey. They talk about the first time Fred met Forest Dorn, an oil tycoon in Bradford. It was in the early 1940s.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. The first stop was in Bradford, Pennsylvania in McKean County. Mary Rose Cuiffini talks with her granddaughter Jill Smith. They start by talking about how Cuiffini's family came to Bradford.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. The first stop was in Bradford, Pennsylvania in McKean County. Naomi Carlson talks with her friend Fred Patterson, also known as Buzz. They were childhood friends growing up in Bradford in the 1930s and 40s.

    Tony Gaskew talks with his former criminal justice student Timothy Rooke. Gaskew worked in law enforcement for years before becoming a professor at Pitt Bradford. Rooke is now a police officer at the school. Gaskew talks about his early life and how he got his start in law enforcement.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. The first stop was in Bradford, Pennsylvania in McKean County. Richard Marcott talks with his daughter Kimberley Weinberg. They talk about Marcott's father.

    WPSU is traveling to towns across central and northern Pennsylvania to collect oral history recordings. The first stop was in Bradford, Pennsylvania in McKean County. Mary Rae talks with her friend and former co-worker Patrick Ryan. They talk about their work at Futures, a rehabilitation center that provides sheltered employment to individuals with disabilities.

    StoryCorps: Joseph Tomczuk Talks with His Wife Kay

    November 8, 2011

    This Friday is Veteran's Day. To celebrate, WPSU will bring you oral history recordings from WWII veterans, recorded at the Mid-State Airport near Philipsburg during a WWII fly-in event. Joseph Tomczuk talks with his wife, Kay. They talk about his preparation for a war he never ended up fighting in.

    This Friday is Veteran's Day. To celebrate, WPSU will bring you oral history recordings from WWII veterans, recorded at the Mid-State Airport near Philipsburg during a WWII fly-in event. Scott Finnigan talks with his father, Edward. They talk about his time during WWII on a PT boat in the Pacific Theater.

    Wendy Snetsinger talks with her surrogate father, Lauren Wright. They talk about their unique relationship and how it began.

    StoryCorps: Charles Dumas Talks With His Wife Jo

    September 20, 2011

    Professor and playwright Charles Dumas talks with his wife Jo about his involvement in the civil rights movement, and about the importance of storytelling.

    State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham talks with her friend Karen McCulley about her mother.

    Penelope Simmons and Suzanne Wayne remember "Sug," Penelope's mother who died of breast cancer.

    Stephen Gerhart talks with his wife Ellen about his experience in Hungary during World War II and the Soviet occupation that followed.

    The StoryCorps oral history project recorded interviews in Bellefonte for a month last summer. Robert Maddox talks with his best friend Christine White about his experience in the Army during the Korean War and his time as a jazz club owner.

    Constance Weaver talks with her daughter Anne Suttles, who was visiting from Austin, TX. Weaver talks about how she met her current husband, Dr. Allan Block.

    Karen Urbina and Beverly Stewart talk with their aunt Evelyn Smith about her time as a nurse during World War II. They recorded this interview when Smith was visiting from her native Jamaica. Smith is 96 years old.

    The StoryCorps oral history project recorded interviews in Bellefonte for a month this past summer. David Mercer talks with his daughter, Deb Gadsby. Mercer talks about his experience as a father and grandfather and the influence of his father on his life.

    The StoryCorps oral history project recorded interviews in Bellefonte for a month last summer. Valerie Anderson talks with her father Robert Stover about his experience in the US Army at the end of World War II. This interview was recorded on Stover's birthday, and his granddaughter Maggie was also there.

    The StoryCorps oral history project recorded interviews in Bellefonte for a month this past summer. Brandon Zlupko talks to his grandmother, Paula Wales, about growing up in Altoona during WWII and meeting her husband.

    The StoryCorps oral history project recorded interviews in Bellefonte for a month this past summer. In honor of Mother's Day, Anna Miller talks to her mother, Sharon Miller. They talked about when Sharon and her husband adopted Anna from Guatamala.

    The StoryCorps oral history project recorded interviews in Bellefonte for a month this past summer. Barbara Ryan talks to her friend Caitlin Rivers. The two know each other from the Pet Pantry, part of the Bellefonte Faith Center's food bank. Rivers volunteers there. She asks Ryan how the Pet Pantry has helped her family - and her pets - in tough times.

    The StoryCorps oral history project recorded interviews in Bellefonte for a month this past summer. Vana Dainty talks with her friend Steve Heverly. They talk about Heverly's interest in his family tree, and his ancestor's legacy in show business.

    The StoryCorps oral history project recorded interviews in Bellefonte for a month this past summer. Judy Stanford talks with her daughter Kim Stanford Lefever. They talk about Judy's husband Leland Stanford, who Judy met when she was 13 and he was 15. Judy and her daughter talk about the medical issues that lead to Leland's death at the age of 55.

    The StoryCorps oral history project recorded interviews in Bellefonte for a month this past summer. Craig Wiernick talks to his grandparents, Betty Kaplan, who he calls Mimi, and Albert Kaplan, who goes by Big Dad. They talk about Albert's service in World War II.

    StoryCorps: Jim Kinney Talks with His Wife Jan

    March 29, 2011

    The StoryCorps oral history project recorded interviews in Bellefonte for a month this past summer. Jim Kinney talks with his wife Jan. They've been married for over 50 years. They talk about how different their childhoods were.

    StoryCorps: Leo Keim Talks with His Son Jonathan

    March 22, 2011

    The StoryCorps oral history project recorded interviews in Bellefonte for a month this past summer. Leo Keim talks with his son Jonathan, whom he calls "Munchie."

    StoryCorps: Matt Watson Talks with His Wife Sarah

    March 15, 2011

    The StoryCorps oral history project recorded interviews in Bellefonte for a month this past summer. Matt and Sarah Watson talk about what they went through to become parents.

    The StoryCorps oral history project recorded interviews in Bellefonte for a month this past summer. Today is International Women's Day and February is Women's History Month. For StoryCorps, Sherren McKenzie talks with her friend Sharon Stringer about the strongest woman she ever knew.

    The StoryCorps oral history project recorded interviews in Bellefonte for a month this past summer. Mary Abbott talks with her mother, Fay Jester. Jester was the first person in her family to graduate from high school and college. She talks about how she got from Pensacola, Florida to Penn State.

    February is Black History Month. To celebrate, WPSU brings you oral history recordings of African Americans living in central Pennsylvania. Deborah Atwater talks with her friend and colleague, Cathy Lyons. The two women helped establish The Center for Minority Graduate Opportunities and Faculty Development at Penn State. The goal of the Center is to retain minority professors and graduate students at the university.

    February is Black History Month. To celebrate, WPSU brings you oral history recordings of African Americans living in central Pennsylvania. Wanda Knight talks with her friend Karen Keifer-Boyd. They talk about Knight's education before and after segregation in North Carolina, and her current efforts to teach her own students tolerance.

    February is Black History Month. To celebrate, WPSU brings you oral history recordings of African Americans living in central Pennsylvania. Harriet Gaston talks with her friend Paul Johnson. They talk about Gaston's childhood in North Carolina, and her trouble with dating as a black woman living in Altoona.

    February is Black History Month. To celebrate, WPSU brings you oral history recordings of African Americans living in central Pennsylvania. Reverend Paul Johnson talks with his friend Harriet Gaston. They talk about Johnson's mother, who passed away last year, and her life of service to the Altoona community.

    February is Black History Month. To celebrate, on Tuesdays and Thursdays this month WPSU brings you oral history recordings of African Americans living in central Pennsylvania. Kathy Wright talks with her daughter, Letitia Bullock. They talk about Wright's childhood and how she integrated a government office in the District of Columbia.

    February is Black History Month. To celebrate, on Tuesdays and Thursdays this month WPSU will bring you oral history recordings of African Americans living in central Pennsylvania. Letitia Bullock talks with her husband, Duane. They talk about Letitia's family history and how the two of them met in State College.

    February is Black History Month. To celebrate, on Tuesdays and Thursdays this month WPSU will bring you oral history recordings of African Americans living in central Pennsylvania. Ronnie Burrage talks with his friend, Eli Byrne. Burrage talks about growing up in St. Louis, Missouri and the importance of music in his life from a young age.

    February is Black History Month. To celebrate, on Tuesdays and Thursdays this month WPSU will bring you oral history recordings of African Americans living in central Pennsylvania. Moses Davis talks with his friend, Keiwana Jones. Davis is an Assistant Director of Residence Life. He shares an experience he had last semester with a white student who wanted a new roommate.

    February is Black History Month. To celebrate, on Tuesdays and Thursdays this month WPSU will bring you oral history recordings of African Americans living in central Pennsylvania. Gwendolyn Pattillo talks with her friend Harriett Gaston. Pattillo talks about her early schooling and integrating a social services organization in Altoona.

    February is Black History Month. To celebrate, on Tuesdays and Thursdays this month WPSU will bring you oral history recordings of African Americans living in central Pennsylvania. Alan Payne talks with Jefferson Cauvin, one of his students at Penn State University Park. Payne is a Research Engineer at the applied research lab at the university. He talks about his education and early career while living in Atlanta, Georgia.

    The StoryCorps oral history project recorded interviews in Bellefonte for a month this past summer. Ted Graef talks with his father Leslie. Leslie participated in the March on Washington in 1963.

    The StoryCorps oral history project recorded interviews in Bellefonte for a month this past summer. Today is Oliver Runde's 96th birthday. Back in August, he talked with his daughter, Deborah Meszaros, about his memories of both World Wars.

    The StoryCorps oral history project recorded interviews for a month this past summer in Bellefonte. It's a New Year, and in this time when people are thinking about what they'd like to achieve, this conversation seemed appropriate. Bill Taliaferro and his daughter Kelli Steindl talk about their proudest accomplishments.

    The StoryCorps oral history project recorded interviews for a month this past summer in Bellefonte. Amanda Colianni talked with her mother, Jennie Colianni, who is a breast cancer survivor.

    The StoryCorps oral history project recorded interviews for a month this past summer in Bellefonte. Donald Michaels talks with his daughter Jessica about Christmases past and about Jessica's sister Melissa.

    The StoryCorps oral history project recently finished a month of recording interviews in Bellefonte. Andrea and Deanna Fletcher talk with their great aunt, Mary Luther. They start by talking about their family's experience in the Johnstown Flood, and what prompted Mary to leave Johnstown.

    The StoryCorps oral history project recently spent a month recording interviews in Bellefonte. Jill Engle talks with her father, Paul Imgrund, about how he went from farmer's son to radio DJ.

    The StoryCorps oral history project recently finished a month of recording interviews in Bellefonte. Courtney McMeans, who is 22, talks with her grandmother, Rhetta McMeans, who is 80, about their family history.

    The StoryCorps oral history project recently finished a month of recording interviews in Bellefonte. Jessica Illuzzi interviews her parents, Angelo and Matilda Illuzzi. Jessica is a Penn State student and her parents live in DuBois. But they talk about how Angelo and Matilda met and how Jessica came into their family.

    The StoryCorps oral history project recently finished a month of recording interviews in Bellefonte. Bessie Rubinstein interviews her father, Leonard Rubinstein. They talk about his experience in World War II. He was in charge of a prisoner of war camp for German soldiers.

    The StoryCorps oral history project recently finished recording interviews in Bellefonte. Rich Fornicola and his mother Beth Fornicola talk about the Bush House in Bellefonte that burned down 4 years ago. Beth's husband Gino was the manager back in the 1960s. The family moved into the hotel when Rich was 6 years old.

    The StoryCorps oral history project recently recorded a month of interviews in Bellefonte. Eve and John Marchione talk with their son's martial arts teacher, Terry Summers. They talk about how martial arts has helped both Summers and the Marchiones's son, Andrew.

    The StoryCorps oral history project recently recorded a month of interviews in Bellefonte. Paul Bixby, 96, talks with his minister, Joel Blunk. Bixby tells Blunk about his early life as a part of a pioneer farming family in Minnesota.

    The StoryCorps oral history project recently recorded a month of interviews in Bellefonte. David Price talks with his friend Gert Aron, a retired Penn State Civil Engineering professor. Price starts by asking Aron about his family's escape from Nazi Germany.

    The StoryCorps oral history project recently recorded a month of interviews in Bellefonte. Azalea and Albert Stevenson talk to Carla Roser-Jones. Roser-Jones started by asking Albert how he came to work at City Hall in New Orleans back in the 1950s.

    The StoryCorps oral history project just finished a month of recording interviews in Bellefonte. Anna Miller talks to her mother, Sharon Miller. They talk about when Sharon and her husband adopted Anna from Guatamala.

    The StoryCorps oral history project just finished a month of recording interviews in Bellefonte. Ulicia Gage talks to her mother, Mary, about her childhood in England during World War II.

    The StoryCorps oral history project just finished a month of recording interviews in Bellefonte. Brandon Zlupko talked to his grandmother, Paula Wales, about growing up in Altoona during WWII and meeting her husband.

    The StoryCorps oral history project just finished a month of recording interviews in Bellefonte. Jessica Welch and her sister Jennifer Theiss came to StoryCorps to honor their father, Bill Welch, who was mayor of State College for 15 years. Jessica and Jennifer recorded this conversation just before the anniversary of their father's death.

    The StoryCorps oral history project has been recording interviews all this month in Bellefonte. Jill Herr talked with her father, John Herr, about his stint in the voluntary service. He served for two years in the time between the Korean and Vietnam Wars. The pair came from Lancaster County to record this interview.

    The StoryCorps oral history project is recording interviews all this month in Bellefonte. Sylvia Feldman talks with her mother, Joanne Feldman, about her classical music career with her husband, who she met at Julliard.

    The StoryCorps oral history project is recording interviews all this month in Bellefonte. Mary Polak talks with her father, Stefan Polak, about his parents' lives during the Holocaust.

    The StoryCorps oral history project is recording interviews all this month in Bellefonte. Elizabeth Gilliland talks with her grandfather Fred DelGrosso, a part of the Altoona family known for its pasta sauces and amusement Park. They talk about some illnesses DelGrosso has faced.

    The StoryCorps oral history project is recording interviews this month in Bellefonte. Sue Paterno, the wife of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, and her granddaughter Olivia Hort kicked off the project with the first interview. Olivia asked her grandmother about World War II, which started when Paterno and her brothers and sister were very young.

    In two weeks, a silver Airstream trailer will roll into downtown Bellefonte and park across from the courthouse for a month. No one will be living in the trailerbut it will get a lot of visitors. WPSU's Emily Reddy reports.

    Just in time for Mother's Day, the oral history project StoryCorps has released a collection of interviews about moms in book form. The book is called, Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps. WPSU's Emily Reddy talked with StoryCorps founder David Isay about StoryCorps and "the mom book."

    StoryCorps: StoryCorps National Day of Listening

    November 26, 2008

    When your family gets together for Thanksgiving, do you trot out the family stories? David Isay, the founder of Story Corps, has declared the Day After Thanksgiving the first Annual National Day of Listening. WPSU's Cynthia Berger talked with Isay about how you can get involved in the project.