Simon J. Bronner's biography of Henry Wharton Shoemaker is an important examination of an individual's contributions to the cultural preservation movement. Shoemaker was the first state-appointed folklorist in America, Pennsylvania being the first state to establish such a position. How he came to that honor and his influence on cultural conservation is an exciting narrative. . . . This book contains an excellent explanation of folklore scholarship for the lay audience. It also forced acknowledgment of the interdependence of the academy and the public sector. --Public Historian
About the Author
Simon J. Bronner is Distinguished Professor of Folklore and American Studies and Coordinator of American Studies at Penn State University-Harrisburg. He is also director of the Center for Pennsylvania Culture Studies and former president of the Pennsylvania Folklore Society. He has written and edited many books, including Consuming Visions: Accumulation and Display of Goods in America, 1880-1920 (Norton, 1989).