Blast from the Past—November 4, 2020 Edition

Photograph by Miranda Harple

Photograph by Miranda Harple


By Shannon Zeltmann, Staff Writer

This week in 1955, Dwight D. Eisenhower suffered from an illness, which the College had sent their best wishes to Eisenhower’s well-being. Mamie Eisenhower decided to write to the college, thanking them for the letter. The letter was from the middle of October, stating: “Thank you for the message of good wishes for the president’s speedy recovery. It means a great deal to the president and me to know of the concern of the students, faculty, and administration of Gettysburg College.” 

This week in 1985, the Spectrum, the College’s yearbook, got a new photographer, which helped fraternities and sororities take their group photos. Prior to 1985, the Greek organizations had to use their own group photographs and send that to the Spectrum staff. However, they decided it would be more cohesive if just one person took photos of the sororities and fraternities. The photographer would take pictures of the fraternities and sororities four times during the year to make sure they had good photos for the yearbook. 

This week in 2000, there was a Great Pumpkin Run for Halloween, which thirty students participated in. It was hosted by Campus Rec and it was the first time they held the event. It started outside Plank Gym and was about a mile long. The students who ran got a t-shirt designed by one of the seniors and the winner got pumpkins. The first and second place winners decided they would carve their pumpkins and put them by their doors in the hallway. Maybe the college could once again try the Great Pumpkin Run! 


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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