Marc Henshaw

Portrait of Marc Henshaw.Marc Henshaw is a Ph.D. candidate in the industrial archaeology and heritage program at Michigan Technological University. He is an alumnus of Cal U’s anthropology program, and he earned his master’s degree at Western Michigan University.

He owns Nemacolin Archaeological Services, a cultural resource management firm that specializes in projects that fall under the National Historic Preservation Act.  Cal U students work on field and lab projects as they become available.

The focus of Henshaw’s Ph.D. research is development among river workers in the Monongahela Valley during the 19th and 20th centuries. His research has combined archaeological investigations with oral history interviews to answer questions of class consciousness and class status during the age of steamboats. 

Henshaw’s interests also include class formation, gender divisions in the workplace, local history, and technology as a conveyor of culture.

In summer 2012, Henshaw conducted field investigations at the John Snowdon Vulcan Iron and Machine Works, an early 20th-century iron foundry in Brownsville, Pa.

He and his team of archaeologists and students from Cal U located the previously forgotten foundry site, where the first cast iron bridge in the United States was patterned and casted, along with numerous steamboat engines, boilers and other iron implements. 

Henshaw is president of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology’s Mon/Yough Chapter No. 3, which is located at Cal U. 

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Oct 2:  Pennsylvania State Police — Accident reconstruction 

Oct 23: Annual Homeland and International Security Conference

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Nov. 6: State and federal probation 

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