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“Synthetic Heroism: Glenn Killinger, Wartime Sports, & the Birth of the American Hero in Postwar American Culture”

Jun
10

Date: Sunday, June 10, 2018

Time: Tour of Mansion: 1:00pm; Lecture: 2:30pm

Location: 

John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion

219 S. Front Street Harrisburg

Description: In this lecture, historian Todd M. Mealy, Ph.D. will discuss his new book about Glenn Killinger.  Killinger’s four years at Penn State occurred during a period marked by immigration and urbanization anxieties, uncertainty of commercializing amateur sports, social unrest that challenged the status quo, and the resiliency of the individual confronting wartime challenges.  Mealy will present a profoundly moving American success story that offers a glimpse into a chaotic period of military training, combat experience, and athletic valor that gave rise to American celebrity culture.  He will also present the argument that the War did more than anything else to make sports and sports icons the cornerstone of American popular culture.

Todd M. Mealy specializes in 19th and 20th century civil rights history and sports history.  He earned a Ph.D. in American Studies at Penn State University, Harrisburg.  While teaching and coaching in Lancaster County, Mealy is a contributing writer for Pennsylvania Heritage.  He is married and has two children.

Admission to the program is by donation. Admission is included if you take a tour of the Mansion at 1:00 p.m. Sunday tours are reduced to $5 per person. Historical Society members are admitted free.

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