Focus on the Pennsylvania State Forestry Academy

Editor's Note: This story originally appeared in AlumnInsider, the Penn State Alumni Association's member-benefit e-newsletter. You can click here for information on becoming a member, and can follow the Alumni Association on Facebook and Twitter for more stories and updates on events. 

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Pennsylvania State Forest Academy broke ground in 1905, the result of Joseph Rothrock wanting to start a forestry school and build upon the state’s early agricultural roots. The founding of the academy was the result of a 25-year conservation crusade for Rothrock, regarded as the “father of Pennsylvania forestry.”

We’re reprinting an article originally published by the Kittochtinny Historical Society and now available in Special Collections at University Libraries. This document shares what life was like at the Pennsylvania State Forest Academy, providing some great insights into the formation and oversight of the school.

To read the archived article, visit the Alumni Association's website

The reprinting of this article coincides with a University Libraries exhibit now on display at the Hintz Family Alumni Center that depicts how Penn State has fulfilled its mission across Pennsylvania. The exhibit showcases Penn State’s Commonwealth Campuses, and you can read more about that exhibit by visiting the Alumni Association's website

Last Updated November 17, 2015