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2017 Henszey-Pyle Author Series welcomes Dr. Gary Cross, Distinguished Professor of Modern History at Penn State.

2017 Henszey-Pyle Author Series welcomes Dr. Gary Cross, Distinguished Professor of Modern History at Penn State.  
October 15, 2:00 p.m.


Cross could be considered a 20th century US cultural historian with a focus on consumption, childhood, and leisure issues.  Join us as we dive into his book Consumed Nostalgia as he reveals how consumed nostalgia shapes how we cope with accelerating change, unpacking the cultural dynamics that turn pop tunes into oldies and childhood toys into valuable commodities. Today nostalgia can be owned, collected, and easily accessed, but its commercialization has sometimes limited memory and complicated the positive goals of recollection. By unmasking the character of modern nostalgia, Cross helps us better understand the rituals of recall in an age of fast capitalism.


This distinguished lecture series is underwritten by the Anne Hamilton Henszey Pyle and Kenneth B. Pyle Educational Fund for Regional Heritage Preservation (Henszey Pyle Fund.) The inspirations for the Henszey-Pyle Fund include the interest that Anne and Kenneth have in the history of the community in which they grew up and their belief in the value of the study of history.  Anne is the great-great-grand daughter of Moses and Mary Irvin Thompson and great-grand daughter of John Hamilton all of whose contributions to regional history are honored at the Centre Furnace Mansion and within the Centre County Historical Society.  Kenneth, who acquired a love of the study of history growing up in State College, is the Henry M. Jackson Professor of History and International Studies Emeritus at the University of Washington where he has taught history for over fifty years.


This program is free and open to the public.  For more information visit, call 814-234-4779 or e-mail  The Centre Furnace Mansion is located at 1001 E. College Ave., State College, PA  16801.

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