Blasts from the Past: October 21, 2019

By Shannon Zeltmann, Staff Writer

This week in 1899, The Gettysburgian promoted students to tell newspapers in New York, Washington, and Philadelphia of the efforts Gettysburg students put into their work to make Gettysburg students known by potential employers. Alumni saw other college students mentioned in newspapers, but they did not see what Gettysburg College students were doing in these papers. The alumni felt it helped to get their name out there when they were students, so they encouraged Gettysburg College students in 1899 to do the same to network and show their school pride.

This week in 1909, one writer of The Gettysburgian warned students about the coming months as they would spend more time indoors with other students. The writer warned to make sure to be pleasant in the dorms and generous towards fellow students because no one wants to deal with an unpleasant person. They also warned against “rough housing” around in someone else’s dorm because it could lead to someone’s room getting torn up and then the one who was rough housing might find their room also torn up. This, as they wrote, was “not condusive [sic] to the best and most friendly spirit” in the dorms.

This week in 1919, Gettysburg was two weeks away from the cornerstone laying ceremony of the YMCA, today known by its other name—Weidensall Hall. The building would have a swimming pool, lecture rooms, and offices. It would make Gettysburg “stand out as being the only one of our college’s size to have such a beautiful building.” The project would cost $10,000, so one way students could help was to give $100 or more and they would get an orange or blue button to show their support. $100 then would be worth nearly $1500 today.

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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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