Education Director Bio
Christopher Kenney graduated from St. Lawrence University in Canton NY with a bachelor’s degree in History and Music. He went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in History Museum Studies at the Cooperstown Graduate Program. Chris is truly a Renaissance man with many different interests – he is proficient in Open Hearth Cooking, has played the piano for almost 35 years, has his private pilot’s license, and is the proud owner of a 1969 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 convertible. In 2003 his series of school programs “Ohio & You” was honored with a Commendation Award for History Outreach by the Ohio Association of Historical Societies and Museums. He published his first book entitled The William McKinley Presidential Library & Museum in June 2005. A second book, The McKinley Monument: A Tribute to a Fallen President, was published in 2006 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the McKinley Monument in 2007. A third book The McKinley Years: The Life and Times of our 25th President was released in April 2016. In 2010 Chris was invited to present a four day residency entitled Unwrapping the Christmas Carol: The History and Cultural Impact of Modern Holiday Songs as part of St. Lawrence University’s Arts Collaborative program. In July 2015 Chris was a visiting scholar at Buffalo State University where he conducted a lecture and workshop as part of a NEH Landmarks Grant Program for teachers from throughout the United States. He served 13 years as District 5 coordinator for Ohio History Day which covers 8 counties in Northeast Ohio. Chris is also an Assistant Lecturer for the History Department at the University of Akron. He has been the Director of Education at the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum in Canton since 2001, where he coordinates the field trips for over 20,000 students every year.