Kammen, Carol 1937-

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KAMMEN, Carol 1937-

PERSONAL: Born November 14, 1937, in Plainfield, NJ; daughter of Elmer A. (a dentist) and Helen (a homemaker; maiden name, Kingberry) Koyen; married Michael G. Kammen (a historian), February 26, 1961; children: Daniel M., Douglas A. Education: George Washington University, B.A., 1959. Politics: Democrat.

ADDRESSES: Home—16 Sun Path, Ithaca, NY 14850. Office—Department of History, Cornell University, 433 McGraw Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853. E-mail[email protected]

CAREER: Writer. Time, Inc., researcher, 1959–61; Ithaca High School, Ithaca, NY, project director of National Endowment for the Humanities youthgrant community history program, 1972–74, history teacher, 1973–74; Cortland Community College, Dryden, NY, adjunct instructor in department of liberal arts, 1971–84, 1996; Cornell University, Ithaca, lecturer, 1983–84, 1986–92, senior lecturer in history, 1992–. Wells College, Aurora, NY, National Humanities Faculty Summer Institute for Junior-College Teachers, faculty member, 1981; New York State Historical Association Summer Seminar, instructor, 1981, 1993; Menominee Reservation Indian School, Keshena, WI, project director, 1982–83; Tompkins County Arts Council, Ithaca, acting director, 1984; New York State Council for the Arts, director of Decentralization Program, Tompkins County, Ithaca, NY, 1986; Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, reader, 1993–94. Tompkins County historian, 2000–. Lansing Town Planning Board, Lansing, NY, member, 1985–91; Tompkins County Public Library, trustee and chair, 1985–93; American Century, member of advisory committee; New York State Council for the Humanities, member of board of advisors of Historians-in-Residence program; Ithaca Centennial Commission history committee chair, 1986–89; Tompkins County Strategic Tourism Planning Board, chair, 1999–2000; Local History Commission, New York Statue Commissioner of Education, member, 2002–; Hospice Care of Tompkins County, board member, 2004–; Women's Fund of Tompkins County, board member, 2004–. Consultant to Pacific County History Society, Washington, Chemung County Historical Society, Elmira, NY, Upstate History Alliance, Oneonta, NY, and The History Channel.

MEMBER: National Humanities Faculty, American Association for State and Local History, Association of New York State Public Historians, Lansing Historical Association (member of program committee, 1990–93).

AWARDS, HONORS: Regional Council of Historical Agencies Award of Merit, 1986, for The Peopling of Tompkins County, 1987, for On Doing Local History; Mary Washington College Center for Historic Preservation, award, 1989, for On Doing Local History; Tompkins County (NY) Award of Excellence, 1994; named New York State Local Historian of the Year, 2004–05.


(With William Heidt, Jr.) Simeon DeWitt: Founder of Ithaca, DeWitt Historical Society (Ithaca, NY), 1969.

(Editor) What They Wrote: Documents from the Nineteenth Century from Tompkins County New York, Cornell University Library (Ithaca, NY), 1978.

Lives Passed: Biographical Sketches from Central New York, Heart of the Lakes Publishing (Interlaken, NY), 1984.

The Peopling of Tompkins County: A Social History, Heart of the Lakes Publishing (Interlaken, NY), 1985.

On Doing Local History: Reflections on What Local Historians Do, Why, and What It Means, American Association of State and Local History Press (Nashville, TN), 1986.

Plain as a Pipestream: Essays about Local History, Heart of the Lakes Publishing (Interlaken, NY), 1989.

(Editor) The Pursuit of Local History: Readings on Theory and Practice, AltaMira Press (Walnut Creek, CA), 1996.

(With Norma Prendergast) Encyclopedia of Local History, AltaMira Press (Walnut Creek, CA), 2000.

(With Lynn Cunningham Truame) The Architectural Heritage of Tompkins County, Office of the Tompkins County Historian/DeWitt Historical Society of Tompkins County (Ithaca, NY), 2002.

Cornell: Glorious to View, Cornell University Library (Ithaca, NY), 2003.

Ithaca Journal, columnist, 1978–; History News, editorial writer, 1995–. Contributor to periodicals, including Heritage, History News, Newsletter of the College of Arts and Sciences, International Cookbook Review, CRM: The Magazine of the National Park Service, Municipal Historians Newsletter, Accent, Minnesota History, Children's Literature, New York History, CNY, and Tompkins County Bar Association Newsletter. Contributor to books, including History for the Public, edited by David G. Brumberg, Margaret M. John, and William Zeisel, New York Historical Resources Center, Cornell University (Ithaca, NY); and Cornell and Ithaca in Postcards, edited by Harvey N. Roehl, Vestal Press (Vestal, NY), 1986. Also author of plays on historical topics.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Student Lives at Cornell.



Libraries and Culture, spring, 2004, Mike Strom, review of On Doing Local History: Reflections on What Local Historians Do, Why, and What It Means, p. 240.

Oregon Historical Quarterly, summer, 2003, Kevin Britz, review of On Doing Local History, p. 277.