BTN Book Club
Listen, we understand that it’s summer, and you probably have a lot on your plate: backyard BBQs, pool parties, maybe even a little beach bumming if you can get down to the shore. But while you’re out there having fun in the sun, remember to take along a good read.
Need a suggestion? Every week this summer, BTN LiveBIG is bringing you our top picks written and/or edited by the faculty, staff, students and alumni of our 14 great universities. So, go out there and work on your tan; just don’t forget to pack a BTN Book Club suggestion in your beach bag.
By Lee Stout (Librarian Emeritus Penn State University Libraries) & Harry H. West (Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering, Penn State University)
In Lair of the Lion (Penn State University Press), librarian and historian Lee Stout and professor emeritus Harry H. West dive deep into the different structures that Penn State’s football teams have called home.
“The game ties us to the University,” states the introduction. “Its traditions and customs become cherished memories. Central to those memories are the place, the stadium and the surrounding grounds.”
The authors take readers back to the turn-of-the-century to Old Beaver Field, named for trustee and onetime Pennsylvania governor Gen. James A. Beaver, during a time when college football was experiencing explosive growth. Photographs and sketches appear beside bygone cheers and collected ephemera to tell the tale of the decades of gridiron greatness in Happy Valley. Along the way, West and Stout weave into their narrative the story of Penn State itself, from a humble, hardworking land grant college to the major research institution we now know.
Expect to come away from Lair of the Lion with much more than an appreciation for the engineering and ingenuity it takes to erect a collegiate cathedral of football. Stout and West tap into the bind and bond that makes athletics in general, and football in specific, so central to the university experience.