Blast from the Past: April 12, 2019

By Shannon Zeltmann, Staff Writer

This week in 1939, the classes had their nominations ready for student council election. There were 98 students nominated for that election across the four classes. There were fifteen seniors, twenty-three juniors, twenty-five sophomores, and thirty-five first-years nominated for the various positions. On one day in the middle of the month, students in good standing could stop by to receive their ballot to vote from nine to five.

This week in 1949, the college was looking for patrons of next year’s G-Book, which was given to first-year students each year. For one dollar, students, staff, and “professional men in Gettysburg” could have their names published in the next G-Book with their compliments to the incoming class. Sororities and fraternities could have an entire page if almost all their members contributed to the G-Book. Anyone who wanted to be a patron had to send their dollar in by the beginning of May before the handbook was sent off to the printer.

This week in 1964, the Military Ball took place with the theme “lift off” in the ballroom on campus. The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra was playing that night under the direction of the trumpeter, from 9pm until one in the morning. There were several small events, including the senior cadets with their dates do a traditional procession and the crowning of the 1964 Military Ball Queen by the previous year’s queen. Decorations were to follow the themes of NATO and SEATO, with a world map on one wall.

This week in 2004, Majestic Theater closed at the end of March for renovations that would take 20 months. This $12 million renovation was to restore the theater back to its original 1925 state. They believed the theater would be open back up again by November 2005 for its 80th anniversary. The biggest change was the 900-seat theater we know today at the time was divided into three small theaters. The 200-seat stadium-style room for films and other events was added, which at the time was used as a storage area. The original decor of the theater was in the colonial revival style, which Majestic has today thanks to this renovation.

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Author: Shannon Zeltmann

Shannon Zeltmann '21 is a double history and art history major with a public history minor. She plans on going to graduate school and then doing museum work as a curator or conservator. She is a member of the Classsics Club, the Gettysburg College Historical Society, and the Gettysburgian, and she works in Special Collections on campus doing conservation. Shannon is an all-around nerd, who loves art and history too much and loves to read and draw on the side.

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