125 Years of The Gettysburgian

The Gettysburgian

By Luca España // Director of Photography & Phoebe Doscher // Editor-in-Chief

The Gettysburgian began in 1897 as a publication called The Weekly Gettysburgian. At the time of its inaugural issue, the team published local news in a tabloid print newspaper on a weekly basis. Since 2012, The Gettysburgian has been publishing around-the-clock online content on its website. The Gettysburgian continued to print weekly, tabloid-style newspapers until the summer of 2019, when the editorial team decided to transition the paper to a magazine print format that would be published monthly.

125 years in the making, hundreds of editors, writers and photographers later, The Gettysburgian is one of the oldest student-run organizations at Gettysburg College. The Gettysburgian’s print archives hold over a century’s worth of newspapers—and now magazines— that tell the story of the College from various angles: sports, opinions, news, features, arts & entertainment and more. To this day, The Gettysburgian’s web content is updated daily and promoted across social media platforms, in addition to the weekly release of a news podcast, The GettysPod, formerly known as On Target!

At The Gettysburgian’s quasquicentennial (125th) anniversary, the team reaffirms their commitment to achieving the publication’s motto: “documenting tomorrow’s history today.” In this anniversary spread, track the 125-year growth of The Gettysburgian through archive photos and headlines.

The Gettysburgian Magazine Covers Through the Years

From the Archives: Clips and Photos from Years Past
The Gettysburgian published its first issue on March 16th, 1897. One reader wrote to The Gettysburgian, “ its appearance marks an epoch in the history of the college.” A subscription for a year was only $1.00.
The History of the Nameplate

Photos from The Gettysburgian’s Archives, courtesy of Special Collections and College Archives.

This article originally appeared on pages 10–11 of the April 25, 2022 edition of The Gettysburgian’s magazine.

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Author: Phoebe Doscher

Phoebe Doscher ’22 is the Editor-in-Chief of The Gettysburgian. She formerly worked as Magazine Editor, News Editor, Assistant News Editor, Staff Writer, and Copyeditor. She is an English with a Writing Concentration and Theatre Arts double major. On campus, she is an intern for Gettysburg’s Communications & Marketing Office, the president of the Owl & Nightingale Players, and the News Director for WZBT, serving as the co-host of The Gettysburgian’s podcast On Target.

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