Posts tagged ‘Ken Hickman’

Nittany Lions in the Great War

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Our July/August 2017 issue has a short piece on the Penn State All-Sports Museum’s current exhibit on university athletes who fought in World War I. “Field to Front: Nittany Lions at War, 1917–1919” is a fascinating exhibit of mementos, photos, letters, cards, pins, flags, and other assorted memorabilia from the approximately 210 students who served in the Great War. Of those 210 young men, roughly 75 to 80 were sent overseas, and eight died.

The project was spearheaded by museum director Ken Hickman ’98, who spent the last year and a half researching and collecting the pieces for the exhibit, located in the temporary exhibition space. Hickman’s research process started with a book, Penn State in the World War, which was compiled after the conflict.

The book’s authors surveyed alumni and faculty in the years after the war to put together a collection of bios on all Penn Staters who served. For this project, Hickman and a small staff compiled a list of athletes and proceeded to work backward, tracing their genealogy forward to current living relatives. It was then a process of sending out surveys, contacting people, and trying to flesh out what information they could and couldn’t trust.

The result? “We did much better than I expected,” says Hickman. (more…)

July 12, 2017 at 10:59 am Leave a comment

BTN Finds ‘Treasure’ at the All-Sports Museum

We just got a heads up from Ken Hickman ’98, director of the Penn State All-Sports Museum, encouraging us to tune in (or set our DVRs) for tonight’s episode of Big Ten Treasure Hunter on the Big Ten Network. The show, in which a BTN “expert” searches out and appraises memorabilia related to Big Ten schools, will feature both the All-Sports Museum and the private collection of George Henning ’63, who—if you don’t know—boasts what might be the greatest Penn State collection anywhere. You can check out this old USA Today feature to get an idea of Henning’s dedication, and tune in to BTN tonight at 8 p.m. EST for the episode.

And of course, next time you’re on campus, make time to check out the All-Sports Museum in person.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

September 29, 2015 at 11:19 am Leave a comment


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