Penn State Lion Ambassadors to hold Lantern Tours Sept. 13

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Hard-working Old Coaly, Penn State’s first mascot. Classy George Atherton relaying his vision for an expanded Pennsylvania College. Atherton’s wife mourning over his campus grave. Step back in time with a Lantern Tour given by the Penn State Lion Ambassadors in the evening hours of Friday, Sept. 13, and get a feel for what the University was like in its vivid past.

The tours depart from Old Main between 7 and 9 p.m. Tours are free and open to the public, and there’s no need to register — just show up during the two-hour window, and tour groups will be formed as visitors arrive.

Each group will be led by a lantern-carrying Penn State Lion Ambassador who will share stories and information about Penn State and its history while touring the group in a meandering route around University Park to sites like the Nittany Lion Shrine, Schwab Auditorium and the Pattee Library, where rumor has it a ghost roams the stacks. Each stop along the way will feature Lion Ambassadors in full costume and character, re-enacting the University’s fascinating and unique history. One highlight of the evening is a walk up the 100 steps to the Old Main Bell Tower, which affords spectacular views of campus and downtown State College.

The Lantern Tours event also includes performances by several student groups and free refreshments. For more information on the tours, visit the Lion Ambassadors’ website. Lion Ambassadors are supported by the Penn State Alumni Association.

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Last Updated September 11, 2013