Kennedy Hickman

Ken Hickman
Kennedy R. Hickman. Copyright 2007 - Ken Hickman

Military and Naval History Expert


M.A., History, University of Delaware

M.S., Information and Library Science, Drexel University

B.A., History and Political Science, Pennsylvania State University


  • Museum director, Penn State All-Sports Museum 
  • Former curator and historian, USS Constellation Museum and the American Merchant Marine Museum
  • Member and former president, Small Museum Association
  • National committee member, American Alliance of Museums and the Association for State and Local History
  • Featured speaker and technical advisor for multiple History Channel documentaries 


Kennedy Hickman is a historian, museum director, and curator who specializes in military and naval history. He began his career as a curator at the US Merchant Marine Academy's American Merchant Marine Museum. Next, he worked as a curator and historian at Baltimore's USS Constellation Museum (now Historic Ships in Baltimore). At the Constellation Museum, Kennedy aided in directing the restoration of the 1854 sloop of war and oversaw the development of the museum's interpretive program. 

In 2006, Kennedy became the director of the Penn State All-Sports Museum, where he currently conducts research on the intersection of military and sports history. He also serves as a guest lecturer for the university's history department. He has covered military history for ThoughtCo since 2007. 

Kennedy has served as president of the Small Museum Association as a national committee member for the American Alliance of Museums and the Association for State and Local History.


Kennedy Hickman received his M.A. in history, with a certificate in museum studies, from the University of Delaware. He also received an M.S. in information and library science from Drexel University. Kennedy obtained his BA in history and political science from the Pennsylvania State University.

Selected Publications

  • “Nittany Lions Go to War,” Town & Gown, April 2017
  • Lecturer, America’s First Admiral: David G. Farragut, first presented at the US Department of the Interior Museum (2012)
  • Featured speaker and technical advisor, USS Constellation: Battling for Freedom, History Channel (2007)
  • Featured speaker, Haunted History: Baltimore (2006), History Channel
  • Featured speaker, Deep Sea Detectives: Cruiser Under Siege (2004), History Channel

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