Blast from the Past—December 4, 2020 Edition

2019 Women's Choir (Courtesy of Gettysburg College Flickr.)

2019 Women’s Choir (Courtesy of Gettysburg College Flickr.)

By Shannon Zeltmann, Staff Writer

This week in 1945, the college decided to limit the number of coed students in the first-year class. They decided to increase the number of female students from 150 to 175, but there could only be 25 first years who could be female based on the number in the upper classes. The college knew it was not the best option, but they only had a limited number of female dorms. 

This week in 1950, the girls’ chorus and the Gettysburg College Choir put on their annual Christmas Concert before the end of the semester. It took place in the Plank Gym. There were three songs to be sung by the Choraliers and the College Choir sang six songs. There was also a prelude to the singing, by an organist playing several Christmas songs, and President Hanson gave a Christmas message at the concert. 

This week in 2000, students could take a break from all their studying for finals and look at the student artwork on the first floor of the library. It exhibited artwork from the new “Intro to Ceramics” class, in which they made self-portraits. They began their sculptures by researching how various artists imitated the surface of an object through sculpture. Then they had to describe a scene in ten distinct words, which then they parred down to just one. Using that word, they had to create these sculptures. Once they were finished, they were put in the library, where students could take a break to look at the newly created artwork. 


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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