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Pennsylvania in Public Memory: Reclaiming the Industrial Past, a talk by author Dr. Carolyn Kitch.

2017 Henszey-Pyle Author Series


Pennsylvania in Public Memory: Reclaiming the Industrial Past, by author Dr. Carolyn Kitch.


“This is a fascinating book that will make a major original contribution to the overlapping fields of public history, deindustrialization, and tourism studies.” - Steven High, Concordia University, author of Industrial Sunset


What stories do we tell about America’s once-great industries at a time when they are fading from the landscape? Pennsylvania in Public Memory attempts to answer that question, exploring the emergence of a heritage culture of industry and its loss through the lens of its most representative industrial state. Based on news coverage, interviews, and more than two hundred heritage sites, this book traces the narrative themes that shape modern public memory of coal, steel, railroading, lumber, oil, and agriculture, and that collectively tell a story about national as well as local identity in a changing social and economic world.


This author series is underwritten by the Anne Hamilton Henszey Pyle and Kenneth B. Pyle Educational Fund for Regional Heritage Preservation.

The inspirations for this 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 Mansion and 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. The lecture series is coordinated by CCHS Board of Governors member Dr. Ford Risley. 


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