Lecture: Ken Hickman, 'Field to Front: Nittany Lions at War, 1917-1919'

Penn State Scranton campus library

With the centennial of World War I, "Field to Front" chronicles the role played by Penn State student-athletes in the conflict. During the course of the war, over 200 former lettermen entered the military. Representative of the larger Penn State student body, these individuals could be found in the trenches of the Western Front, in the skies above, on the waves, and in supporting roles at home and abroad. "Field to Front" shares the stories of noted Nittany Lions such as Bob Higgins, William Thomas and Levi Lamb as they left civilian life to join a struggle that had been consuming much the globe since 1914.

Ken Hickman has been the director of the Penn State All-Sports Museum since 2006 and is also the chair of the Penn State University Museum Consortium. A 1998 graduate of Penn State (history and political science), he holds advanced degrees in history and library science from the University of Delaware and Drexel University. Prior to returning to Penn State, he served as the curator and director of development for the USS Constellation Museum (Baltimore, Maryland) and as the curator of the American Merchant Marine Museum (Kings Point, New York). Having been featured on the History Channel, he has also written extensively for and has overseen all military history content for About.com/ThoughtCo.com since 2007.  

Details: Open to the public

Contact: Jennie Knies, head librarian Scranton campus, 570-963-2632 or email jennieknies@psu.edu

Related event

  • Exhibition: "Field to Front: Nittany Lions at War, 1917-1919"
  • Time: Oct. 20 to Dec. 13 (During open Library hours)
  • Location: Penn State Scranton campus library