New book, 'Ice Cream U,' explores the history of Penn State's Creamery

May 05, 2009

Penn State University Libraries have announced the release of "Ice Cream U: The story of the nation's most successful collegiate creamery," by Lee Stout. 

In "Ice Cream U," Stout concentrates on one of Penn State's most popular destinations as well as the nation's oldest and most successful creamery. Librarian Emeritus Stout, who spent 27 years as Penn State University Archivist, adds his intimate knowledge of Penn State history to a wealth of old and new photos to produce a visually spectacular and interesting book. He tells the story of the Creamery's modest beginning, the growth of State College and the campus, to its current status as an internationally respected center for education and research — and of course provider of delicious ice cream.

The book was made possible through the generosity of Eleanor Judy Smith, Penn State class of 1959 and the late Ronald W. Smith, Penn State class of 1958. Eleanor Judy Smith is the granddaughter of Creamery Superintendent Frank Knoll, who played a significant role in the development of the Creamery from 1904 to 1944.

For more information, contact the Libraries' Office of Public Relations and Marketing, 814-863-4240.

Watch a brief video about the Berkey Creamery's ice cream production "from cow to cone" here.

  • Lee Stout holds a Creamery cone. Click on the image above to watch a video about the process of making ice cream at Penn State.

    IMAGE: Fred Weber

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