Blast from the Past—September 15, 2020 Edition

By Shannon Zeltmann, Staff Writer

This week in 1940, students and professors came back to various new improvements on campus. The major changes happened in the Biology department, which originally was in the Science Hall, but was moved to more spacious rooms in Glatfelter. This department location change was a result of moving the Engineering Department the year prior to Glatfelter as well. The third and basement floors were equipped for both departments. New sinks and tables were put in the classrooms on the third floor and the anatomy lab and storerooms were placed in the basement. They also hoped to put a greenhouse in one of the rooms in the Glatfelter basement. 

This week in 1985, the first-years were getting new computers in their dorms. The college expected them to arrive within the next ten days of the article being published. The computers the college bought had a video monitor and two-disc drives. They were also planning on putting in one printer in every first-year dorm. All the first-years would be provided with a course on using computers, so they could understand the computer programs. Many first-years welcomed the idea of having computers in their dorms, especially students who had little or no experience with computers. 

This week in 2005, the Alpha Delta Pi sorority planned a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by selling a Gettysburg history painting. They hoped to raise $5000 for the organization to help search for a cure for cancer. They decided to paint a watercolor of Penn Hall as it was as a Civil War hospital, based off some background research done of Penn Hall during this time. $30 from the sale of each painting would go towards the Leukemia Society, and the prices ranged from $40 to $100. They were planning on selling them during Homecoming Weekend, and the prints could be found in the Bookstore and Musselman Stadium. 


These articles and more from the Gettysburgian (1897-2010 issues) can be found on the Gettysburgian digital archives, provided by the Special Collections & College Archives:


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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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