The editors would like to thank everyone who contributed to Community. In particular, without Beverly Henshaw, Willie Mae Wilkinson, and the other members of Ken Wilkinson's family, this publication would have been impossible. We also would like to thank all of Ken's former students and friends who contributed material. We hope that your students continue his legacy. Finally, thanks to all of the artists who agreed to let us use their work. We spent a great deal of time searching the Web for appropriate photographs and paintings, and thank you for your generosity.


Editors: Eileen Zuber, Steve Nelson and Al Luloff

Design: Steve Nelson

ISBN -- In process

Copyright 1998 by The Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development

    Permission to reproduce material appearing in this publication is hereby granted for educational non-copyright and non-profit use, provided full acknowledgment is made of the source, no change of headings or text is made without written approval of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, and -- if the use is electronic -- a link is made to "Community: A Biography in Honor of the Life and Work of Ken Wilkinson" [] .

    Send all inquires to:

             The Pennsylvania State University

             The Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development

             110 Ferguson Building

              University Park, PA 16802

This publication is available in alternative media on request.
Programs of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development are available equally to all people.

Photographs: Most of the Photographs and art work in this publication are copyrighted by other parties. Please contact the Center or the individual artists listed below in the acknowledgments for information.


Wilkinson Family Pictures Pictures of the Wilkinson family that are not credited below were generously donated to us by Beverly Henshaw and Willie Mae Wilkinson.

Community Front Page

First Page Movie

Ken Wilkinson, Hero and Friend


First Page Movie

  • Paul, Willie Mae, Ken and Janet Wilkinson, Summer 1951
  • Ken and David Wilkinson, "Ken's smile says all it needs to in this picture -- We are all so proud of David"
  • Brian Wilkinson, Kelly Ames and Jeff Wilkinson




Sources of Strength


First Page Movie


Untitled Poem #2 Times Good Ol Boy

First Page Movie

A Visit From KPW, Sue Tallichet

Local Economic Development Efforts In A Southern Forested Community