Juniata College is a commonwealth within a commonwealth. Just as our College is built of a community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni who know and care about each other, members of the Huntingdon community contribute to the health and vitality of the town and the magnificent region of south central Pennsylvania in which they live, work, and play. Huntingdon is one of Pennsylvania’s best examples of what towns can be and we are proud to call it our home.
Huntingdon, Pa., is a community that housed the inventors of the writing tablet and the technology to paint street lines. It is now home to the world’s only source for specialty fiberglass products used in everything from body armor to eighteen-wheelers.
A town of more than 6,000 people, Huntingdon hosts monthly art walks, a MayFest street carnival, parades for more-than-the-usual number of holidays, a weekly farmer’s market and summer music series, and eateries and shops set amid homes on the National Historic Register.
The Borough of Huntingdon is the county seat for Huntingdon County, a destination that—thanks to Raystown Lake and the internationally-renowned Allegrippis Trails—welcomes 1 million visitors a year who enjoy premium bike trails, breathtaking hiking vistas, some of the best trout streams in the world, and fall foliage unlike anyplace else. In fact, our trees are so important that Huntingdon has earned Tree City USA designation for more than a decade.
Huntingdon provides a breadth of opportunities for Juniata students, for both internships and community service. Our students gain career experience at Huntingdon’s J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital, Mutual Benefit Insurance Group, alumni-owned businesses, and county government offices. Chemistry and art students have worked with our local General Electric branch, using advanced instrumentation to authenticate items from the Juniata College Museum of Art.
In turn, Juniata students volunteer at many community agencies including the Huntingdon Community Center, the county humane society, the historical society, and Big Brothers Big Sisters, to name but a few.
Recently, College and town have collaborated on a project called “Reinvision Huntingdon,” an organization that uses projects to facilitate community development. The initiative has taken on a life of its own and its collaborative leadership has empowered citizens and students alike to foster a series of public discussions, community grants, community gardens, and various recreational events.