Blasts from the Past: Feb. 10, 2020

By Shannon Zeltmann, Staff Writer

This week in 1945, a pastor who was a Gettysburg alum in the class of 1930 came to Gettysburg to discuss his experiences in Europe during World War II. He was happy to have a meal in Gettysburg again after eating mainly K-rations during the war. He mainly spent his time in Berlin and occasionally went to England. He stated he saw Hitler at some public occasions while in Berlin and that the bombings and shortages forced people to live normally “under abnormal conditions.” He believed that Americans needed to work with Europe peacefully, to avoid another war.

This week in 1965, the Alumni Office decided to allow alums to take some courses at Gettysburg again for a week during the summer. There would be two courses chosen by popular vote of the alumni. The five courses to choose from were “American Architecture and the Great Society,” “Economics and Business Administration Statement,” “English Contemporary Literature,” “19th and 20th century Music,” and “Problems of Government in the 60’s.” While alumni took these classes, they could enjoy food at the dining hall and live in the dorms.

This week in 2010, the 16th annual Snowball dance took place. That years theme was “All that Jazz,” and the decorations surrounded the roaring 20’s and a “Jazz Age feel.” Snowball is supposed to be an “opportunity to have a ‘classy and fun time.’” They had a big band and a DJ play. There was also some giveaways provided by the first-year class.

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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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