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July 13, 2012
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - As the world prepares for the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London later this month, the Penn State All-Sports Museum, in conjunction with the Penn State University Archives, is proud to present a new temporary exhibit entitled The Three Londons: Penn Staters at the Olympics. This year marks the third time the Olympic Games have been held in London with earlier events being staged in 1908 and 1948. In each of these years, Penn State was represented in London.
Spread throughout the Museum, The Three Londons includes a variety of Olympic memorabilia from 1908, 1948, and 2012. Many of the items on display are courtesy of noted Olympic enthusiast and collector Hal Wilson. The exhibit also offers profiles of the Penn State athletes and coaches that took part in the 1908 and 1948 Games. These include standouts such as Lee Talbott (1908-Track), B.N. "Barney" Ewell (1948-Track), Curt Stone (1948-Track), Bill Bonsall (1948-Gymnastics), and Ray Sorensen (1948-Gymnastics). Other notables include Penn State coaches such as Nate Cartmell (1908-Track), Gene Wettstone (1948-Gymnastics), and Walter Bahr (1948-Soccer).
In support of the exhibit, the All-Sports Museum will host Dr. Ken Swalgin of Penn State York on July 18 when he will display his Ball Games of the World Exhibit. Dr. Swalgin will speak in support of the display, with an emphasis on Olympic ball games at 12:00 PM. The following week will see the All-Sports Museum host a panel discussion featuring former Penn State Olympians and Paralympians Mary Ellen Clark (Diving), Charlene Morett (Field Hockey), Erica Walsh (Soccer), Teri Jordan (Track & Field), and Royal Mitchell (Track & Field). The panel will be held at 12:00 PM on Thursday July 26 in the Museum's theater.
The Three Londons will run from July 1 to August 26, 2012. Located at the southwest corner of Beaver Stadium, the Penn State All-Sports Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and on Sunday 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Admission is by suggested donation of $5 for adults and $3 for children, seniors, and students. Additional information regarding the Museum may be found at www.gopsusports.com/museum.