Blasts from the Past: March 30, 2020

By Shannon Zeltmann, Staff Writer

This week in 1915, the last page of The Gettysburgian featured an advertisement for Pennsylvania College. It stated the various courses offered, including Classical courses, Latin, History, Political Science, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Finance, Civil Engineering, Municipal Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. They advertised the college had a “high moral tone and good social advantages,” along with the types of facilities available for college students. They also advertised that Pennsylvania College was a cheap college compared to others, with room and board beginning at $200 for an academic year.

This week in 1930, the French club held a meeting with a guest speaker. The Civil Engineering Department head, Frank H. Clutz, had recently visited France and shared his experiences with students. He discussed the art museums and historic sites he went to. He brought up how the French do not drink excessively and believe Americans drink too much. He also described how the weather was balmy, but it always seemed to rain while he was there. Another thing he noticed was how most of Paris is illuminated by gas jets at night, so they have a “yellow flickering light over everything.”

This week in 1965, the Owl and Nightingale Players performed the musical “Milk and Honey” in the CUB ballroom. The musical was challenging, mainly because they had to construct the background of several scenes in the show, including a city, street, countryside, farmhouse scene, barn, café, and an airport. They produced more sets for “Milk and Honey” than had for any other show at Gettysburg. Students put a lot of effort into creating the colorful scenes. The stage crew also figured out a quick way to move the sets. They also dealt with having a goat named Isabel in the play, and hoped she would go on stage.

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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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