by Barbara Kopshina, Penn State DuBois Library
If you’ve ever had questions about archiving material at your campus, Jane Ingold would be an excellent resource! An associate librarian, Jane has been working with the archives at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, for about 10 years. She has extensive knowledge of the archives which include the Behrend Family Collection, the Penn State Behrend Collection and the Hammermill Paper Company Collection. Besides library instruction, Jane counts organizing gifts that have been donated to the college over the years as one of her many duties.
The Pioneer Reunion for Penn State Erie alumni who attended the college between 1948 and 1963 is another project that Jane has contributed to. This is a two-day reunion which includes guided tours, a picnic, oral history presentations and much more. Jane has interviewed several of the alumni and shares and preserves this history through her writing. Raised in Cranesville, Erie County, Pennsylvania, she has a special connection to the area and works with many different non-profit organizations. Jane writes the newsletter for the Presque Isle Woman’s Club, which does fundraising for various charities and strives for community improvement. She also sits on the board of the Harborcreek Historical Society, another local organization that both promotes and preserves local history.
Erie Yesterday, a group of historic organizations related to Erie County, is another non-profit that Jane is involved with. The John M. Lilley Library Archives, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, is one of the many consortia members that works together to promote local history among other things.
Besides genealogy, local history and charity work, Jane also finds time to spend time with her cat, Tye, who she rescued from a shelter.