Jeanne Theresa Newlin was born in Longview, Washington, to Vincent Newlin and Henrietta Bross Newlin. She was the first child of ten, growing up in rural Oregon southwest of Portland with five brothers and four sisters.
She graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in downtown Portland in 1956 and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marylhurst College, south Portland, in 1959.
For graduate studies at Villanova University, Jeanne traveled to Pennsylvania. It was there that she discovered a region rich in the history of her Newlin family. Quakers who migrated there from Ireland in 1683 developed land purchased from William Penn. His 7th great-grandfather, Nathaniel, built the Newlin Grist Mill in the Brandywine Valley in 1704, which operates today as a thriving historic preservation site.
After earning her master’s degree at Villanova, Jeanne moved to New York City where she attended the City University of New York, earning a Ph.D. in English Literature in 1971. She also began working at Harvard University in 1968, where she served as Curator of the Harvard Theater Collection from 1972 to 1995. During this time she developed her deep passion and expertise in the art of preservation. She was responsible for world-renowned collections of materials and research and opened up new avenues of acquisition and access.
Jeanne was married to Joseph Price, professor of Shakespearean literature at Penn State University. They lived between two homes, one in the Boston area and one in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.
Together, beginning in 1988, they embarked on numerous renovation and preservation projects, including a 3-story Greek Revival townhouse in Charleston, MA, a 3-story Federal House, and a 3-story Victorian residence. and a shed in Bellefonte. They received Architectural Council awards for two of the projects.
During the last years of her life, Jeanne lived in Bellefonte where she was active in local preservation efforts. She has brought her valuable knowledge and professional expertise to numerous 501(c)(3) organizations.
Jeanne was secretary of the Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association (BHCA) and a member of the BHCA’s Old House Fair Events Committee. She was the founding chair of the Bellefonte Historic Preservation Foundation (BHPF). Most recently, she was President Emeritus of BHPF, continuously contributing her time and talent to the organization.
Jeanne’s husband of over 39 years, Joseph Price, predeceased her in 2012, as did her sister, Mary Newlin, in 2017. Jeanne is survived by eight siblings – Thomas Newlin, Richard Newlin, Eve Boyer, Vince Newlin, Mike Newlin, Kathy Koch, Teresa Newlin and Patrick Newlin – and their spouses and ten nieces and nephews. She is also survived by three stepchildren, Paul Price, Ann Price and Jane Price; and four step-grandchildren.
In honor of Jeanne’s memory, the family would appreciate donations to the organization she helped found, the Bellefonte Historic Preservation Foundation, on its website bellefontehpf.org.
Donations can also be mailed to Bellefonte Historic Preservation Foundation, PO Box 307, Bellefonte, PA 16823-0307.