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seth c. bruggeman is an associate professor of history at Temple University, where he directs the Center for Public History. His research concerns the role of memory in public life and particularly how Americans have used objects—in museums, historic, sites, and other commemorative spaces—to exert control over how we understand the past. His books include an edited volume, Born in the USA: Birth and Commemoration in American Public Memory (University of Massachusetts Press, 2012), and Here, George Washington Was Born: Memory, Material Culture, and the Public History of a National Monument (University of Georgia Press, 2008).

kim gallon is assistant professor of history at Purdue University. She also is the founder and director of the Black Press Research Collective ( and an ongoing visiting scholar at the Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Her research focuses on discourses and representations of gender and sexuality in the early twentieth-century black press. She is completing a manuscript titled, “We Are Becoming a Tabloid Race: The Politics of Gender and Sexuality in the Black Press, 1925–1945.”

r. scott hanson received his PhD from the University of Chicago and has worked as a postdoctoral research associate at Brown University. He has taught at Philadelphia University, Binghamton University-SUNY, Delaware Valley College, Temple University, and the University of Pennsylvania. He currently teaches in American Studies, History, and Religion at Temple, and in History and Urban Studies at Penn. His book manuscript “City of Gods: Religious Freedom, Immigration, and Pluralism in Flushing, Queens— New York City, 1645–2001” is currently under review. For more about his work, please see

mary carroll johansen is a professor of history at Holy Family University, Philadelphia, where she has been teaching a course on the history of Pennsylvania since 2002. Her recent articles include “First Person Assignments: Considering How History Affects and Is Affected by the Individual,” History Teacher 47, no. 2 (2014). [End Page 102]

kathryn shively meier is assistant professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she teaches courses on the American Civil War and Reconstruction, US military history, and environmental history. Meier’s first book, Nature’s Civil War: Common Soldiers and the Environment in 1862 Virginia, won the 2014 Wiley-Silver Prize for best first book in Civil War history.

edward slavishak teaches US history at Susquehanna University. He is the author of Bodies of Work: Civic Display and Labor in Industrial Pittsburgh (Duke University Press, 2008) and articles about work and embodiment, artificial limbs, eugenics, and hiking in the Smoky Mountains. His current research projects consider travel and expertise in the Appalachian Mountains and “depressions great and small” in central Pennsylvania.

kristen yarmey is associate professor and digital services librarian at the University of Scranton Weinberg Memorial Library, where she concentrates on digital collections and digital preservation while exploring emerging practices in digital scholarship. She is currently working to increase public access to digitized and born-digital primary sources related to Pennsylvania history via the Digital Public Library of America. [End Page 103]



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