Preservation and History of Valley Forge Leads Fall Session of Popular Al Stone Lecture Series at Edinboro

The fall 2016 Al Stone Lecture Series will run from Thursday September 15th through Thursday October 20th.  Lectures will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will be held on the basement floor of the Diebold Center for the Performing Arts. Lectures are given by retired and active faculty members as well as area individuals with special expertise.

On Thursday morning, September 15th, Allan Montgomery will lead off this fall’s lecture series discussing the Preservation and History of Valley Forge Park. Montgomery served as the first museum curator there when he worked for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission from 1972 to 1977.  In March of 1977, he again became the first museum curator at Valley Forge, but this time for the U.S. National Park Service.  Montgomery served as museum curator, collections manager and director for federal museums and historic collections for the National Park Service, the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Department of the Army. He retired in 2006 as the Museum Property Manager for the U.S. Geological Survey, stationed in the survey’s National Headquarters in Reston, Virginia. He and his wife, Kathy live in Edinboro and are active in the Edinboro Area Historical Society and the Edinboro Food Pantry. He frequently is a contributing writer/photographer for the Edinboro News Journal.

The remaining schedule is as follows:

Sept 22    Richard Scaletta. Education Funding in Pennsylvania: Past, Present and Future. Richard Scaletta is Superintendant of the General McLane School District. Reeder Hall auditorium.

Sept 29 Nola Garrette. Ledge, New and Selected Poems. Nola Garett is a poet and will be reading from her recently published book. Diebold Center.

Oct 6 Greg Lessig. Electability. Greg Lessig is an emeritus professor of political science at Edinboro University. Diebold Center.    Oct 13    Roger Solberg Vikings in the Family: When Genealogy Meets Literature. Roger Solberg is a current professor of English at Edinboro University. Reeder Hall auditorium.

Oct 20 Robert Rhodes. The Origins of the Populist Revolt and the Calculus of Consent in the Presidential Election of 2016. Robert Rhodes is an emeritus professor of political science at Edinboro University. Diebold Center.

The lecture environment is friendly, encourages dialogue and is free and open to the public. Parking is available for lecture attendees in the Reeder Hall parking lot behind the Diebold Center from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Off-campus parking may be found on surrounding streets.  The lecture room is handicapped accessible.

The lecture series is named after Dr. Al Stone, professor of Psychology and Gerontology. Dr. Stone was the creator of an intergenerational center at Edinboro University more than 30 years ago. “Dr. Stone wanted to have a place and time where young and old would come together to learn from each other,” said series organizer, Dr. Robert Rhodes. “The intergenerational center was the fulfillment of that vision and continues today.” Some years later, Dr. Stone promoted a lecture series by asking retired colleagues to give a talk that would, in their judgment, represent their “last great lecture.” Months before he died, both the intergenerational center and the lecture series were renamed in his honor.

For more information about the lecture series, contact Dr. Robert Rhodes by email at

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