Blue Skies Over State College

Blue Skies Over State College

Blue Skies Over State College
by Sylvia Houser

It was 7:45 AM on Wednesday, May 24; and the Elite Coach was waiting for its 38 passengers from our Sr. Adult Fellowship to travel to Centre County to visit the Pennsylvania Military Museum, the Boal Mansion, and the campus of Penn State University. You know what they say in State College: “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute.” That’s just what we did. When we arrived at the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg, the sky was Penn State blue and white.

Our very informative guide took us from the trenches in France during WWI to jeeps and tanks used in WWII. The impressive guns from the USS Pennsylvania, a survivor of Pearl Harbor, guarded the driveway.

A drive through the campus of Penn State University wouldn’t be complete without stopping by the Berkey Creamery for dessert! A choice of many unique flavors was available and enjoyed by all. Did you know that the owners of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream as well as Häagen-Dazs were trained at the Penn State Creamery? The Creamery is part of the Penn State Agricultural Department. Penn State originated as Penn State Agricultural High School and was founded by the Boal family whose mansion was part of our itinerary for the day. Penn State still has an extensive agricultural program with 10,000 acres to assist their students. More recently, a new law school has been built as well as a bridge to their technology department known as “Technology Bridge.”

You might say we went to where this all started when we visited the Boal Mansion. Generations of the Boal family lived in this stately home for 200 years, with the last relative living there until four years ago at the age of 96. It was here the Boal family started the Penn State Agricultural High School. The first observance of Memorial Day in our nation, which was then called Decoration Day, was held here after the Civil War. The mansion boasts a ballroom and a private chapel on the grounds with artifacts imported from Spain by Boal family descendants of Columbus.

A Sr. Adult bus trip would not be complete without Don Witman leading us in song and Jim Albrite adding his humor. It was a special day for Amy and Ralph Forester as they celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary. What a great trip and what a great fellowship!


  1. Esther Miller Says: June 8, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    How mush do those trips cost? I love bus trips & didn’t know anything about it but I couldn’t have gone anyhow I had the flu & still not really well.

    • Suzanne Herr Says: June 9, 2017 at 9:25 am

      Esther, there are usually bus trips in the spring and in the fall. So look for information about the next one in September/October.

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