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Kenneth C. Wolensky <email@example.com>
Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
|Address:||Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North Street
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120
|List Affiliations:||Advisory Board Member for H-Pennsylvania
Reviewer for H-Pol
|Reviews:||Communism and Anti-Communism in the Keystone State, 1945-1960
|Interests:||American History / Studies
Environmental History / Studies
Labor History / Studies
Political History / Studies
1996 College of Behavioral Sciences and Education, Pennsylvania State University, Capital College, Middletown, PA. Doctor of Education, Interdisciplinary Concentration in History/American Studies.
1986 College of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, 19711. Master of Public Administration, Concentration in Personnel Administration and Labor Relations.
1984 College Misericordia, Dallas, PA 18612. Bachelor of Arts in History, Magna Cum Laude.
Fighting for the Union Label: The Women’s Garment Industry and the ILGWU in Pennsylvania. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2002, co-authored.
The Knox Mine Disaster: The Final Years of the Northern Anthracite Industry and the Effort to Rebuild a Regional Economy (1st and 2nd edition). Harrisburg, PA: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Press, 1999, co-authored.
Contributions to Edited Books
“’An Industry on Wheels’: The Migration of Pennsylvania’s Garment Factories. In D. Bender and R. Greenwald, Sweatshop U.S.A.: The American Sweatshop in Historical and Global Perspective. New York, New York: Routledge, 2003.
Pennsylvania History in Outline; Governor’s Biographies. Harrisburg, PA: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 2002.
“A Case Study in Public Policy: The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry,” in W. Murray, (Ed.), Progressive Era Industry and its Legacy: Essays and Lesson Plans for Teaching Industrial History of the Progressive Era. Boulder, CO: Social Science Education Consortium, 2000.
“The Lattimer Massacre,” and “Min L. Matheson and the Wyoming Valley District of the ILGWU,” in H. Harris and P. Blatz, (Eds.), Keystone of Democracy: A History of Pennsylvania Workers. Harrisburg, PA: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1999.
Public History Articles
“’He, On the Whole, Stood First,’ Gifford Pinchot and Pennsylvania Politics,”
Pennsylvania Heritage, Vol. XXX, No. 1, Winter, 2004, 20-27.
“Born a Leader for Pennsylvania,” Pennsylvania Heritage, Vol. XXVII, No. 1, Winter, 2002, 22-29.
“An Interview with Harold Denton: From Chaos to Calm – Remembering the Three Mile Island Crisis,” Pennsylvania Heritage, Vol. XXVI, No. 2, Spring, 2000, 30-39.
“Living for Reform,” Pennsylvania Heritage, Vol. XXVI, No. 4, Winter, 2000, 16-23.
“Born to Organize,” Pennsylvania Heritage, Vol. XXV, No. 3, Summer, 1999, 32-39, co-authored.
“Unity House: A Workers’ Shangri La.” Pennsylvania Heritage, Vol. XXIV, No 3, Summer, 1998, 20-29.
“Disaster – or Murder? – In the Mines.” Pennsylvania Heritage , Vol. XXIV, No. 2, Spring, 1998, 4-11, co-authored.
“Child Labor in Pennsylvania: A History,” Historic Pennsylvania Leaflet No. 43. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Department of Labor and Industry, 1998, co-authored.
“The Lattimer Massacre,” Historic Pennsylvania Leaflet No. 15, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1997.
Articles in Professional Journals
“A Novel Public Policy: Pennsylvania’s Fair Employment Practices Act of 1955,” Pennsylvania History, Vol. 69, No 4, Autumn, 2002. 489-523, co-authored.
“Foreword: Commemorating the Great Strike,’” In L. Metz, (Ed.), Perspectives on the 1902 Anthracite Coal Strike, vii-ix, Easton, PA: National Canal History and Technology Museum Press, 2002.
“A Workers Haven in the Pocono Mountains: Unity House,” In L. Metz (Ed.), Proceedings of the National Canal History and Technology Conference, Vol. XIX, 69-90. Easton, PA: National Canal History and Technology Museum Press, 2000.
“Education and the Transformation of Pennsylvania’s Wyoming Valley District of the ILGWU: 1944-1963,” In L. Metz (Ed.), Proceedings of the National Canal History and Technology Conference Vol, XVI, 35-54. Easton, PA: National Canal History and Technology Museum Press, 1997.
“The Garment Industry in Pennsylvania’s Anthracite Coal Mining Towns,” Sociological Imagination, Vol. 32, No.7, 83-100, 1997, co-authored.
“Min Matheson and the ILGWU in the Northern Anthracite Region 1944-1963,” Pennsylvania History, Vol. 60, No. 4, 44-67, 1993, co-authored.
“Local Government and Disaster Management: A Literature Review and Structural Analysis,” Policy Studies Review, Vol. 9, No. 4, Summer, 1990, 703-726, co-authored.
Editorial Board Service
2003-present Editorial Board of Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic
Studies published by the Pennsylvania Historical Association.
Selected Professional Conference Papers and Presentations
“Teaching with the new ‘Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth,’” Seventy-Second Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Historical Association, Harrisburg, PA, 2003.
“Institutional History as Public History: The Challenges of Writing Commissioned Histories,” panelist, Seventy-First Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Historical Association, Millersville University, Millersville, PA, 2002.
“Pennsylvanians Head for the Mountains: Leisure and Industrial Workers in the Commonwealth,” panelist, Sixty-Ninth Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Historical Association, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA, 1999.
“A History of Adult Education for Women Garment Workers,” in D. Schafer (Ed.), Proceedings of the Eastern Adult and Continuing Education Research Conference, 67-73. University Park: Pennsylvania State University, 1997.
“A Historiography of American Adult and Workers’ Education in the First Half of the Twentieth Century,” in S.A. Colin (Ed.), Proceedings of the 37th Annual Adult Education Research Conference, Tampa, FL: University of South Florida, 67-74, 1996.
“A History Women Garment Workers and Adult Education,” in S.A Colin (Ed.), Proceedings of the 37th Annual Adult Education Research Conference, Tampa, FL: University of South Florida, 104-111, 1996.
“Min Matheson - Adult Educator for the ILGWU: A History,” In E. Kasl & D. Pratt (Eds.), Proceedings of the 35th Annual Adult Education Research Conference, 407-412. Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee, 1996.
“A History of Appalachia,” by Richard Drake. In Pennsylvania History, Vol. 69, No. 1, Winter, 2002, 116-119.
“The Cold War at Home: The Red Scare in Pennsylvania, 1945-1960,” by Phillip Jenkins, in Humanities Network On-Line, H-Net Reviews, February, 2000, http://www.h-net.msu.edu./reviews.
U.S. Labor and Working Class History
2004-2007 Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians