Blast from the Past—November 12, 2020 Edition

Photo courtesy of Gettysburg College website. The Muhlenberg Mules ended Gettysburg’s winning streak with a devastating 41-13 loss on homecoming weekend.

Photo courtesy of Gettysburg College website. The Muhlenberg Mules ended Gettysburg’s winning streak with a devastating 41-13 loss on homecoming weekend.

By Shannon Zeltmann, Staff Writer

This week in 1915, the Pen and Sword Society was putting together an honor system for the college. They were looking into different references to the honor system at Gettysburg and putting together a pamphlet to give to all the students so everyone would have one. Then, the students could take a vote on how they felt about the honor system. They hoped it would spark deep conversations among the students on the topic. 

This week in 1930, about 2,000 alumni returned to the college that weekend for the Homecoming football game against Dickinson. The Gettysburg team won 33-0. The alumni also had a golf tournament that day, which eight alumni participated in. S. S. Lehman, part of the class of 1912, won the tournament. There was a talk which a hundred alumni and four hundred students attended, which focused on how teams need support through cheering. There were several other events that took place, with a speech by the president, Henry Hanson, given at the end. 

This week in 1935, the library saw a 70% increase in book use. About 1,565 more books were used during October 1935 compared to the year prior. There was also an increase of reserved books being used, which was 1,756 more from the year prior. It is mainly due to an increase in the collection, new training for the library staff, and an increase “seriousness” from students concerning the use of books and libraries in general. The library also increased the number of magazines and newspapers over the past year. This all took place as the library received the Carnegie grant in 1930, which was supposed to help college libraries to purchase books and other necessities they required. Only sixty colleges received this grant out of the seven hundred schools who applied. 

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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: http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/APA/Gettysburg/default.aspx#panel=home

 

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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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