Pennsylvania in Public Memory (Hardcover)

Reclaiming the Industrial Past

By Carolyn Kitch

Penn State University Press, 9780271052199, 260pp.

Publication Date: January 24, 2012



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.

About the Author

Carolyn Kitch is Professor of Journalism in the School of Communications and Theater at Temple University.