West Point Class of June 1861
Special Collections Reading Room
"Point of Honor: West Point Class of 1861", curated by Julia Wall ’19, features stories and artifacts from our collections as well as from the private collections of Angelo Scarlato and Buck Zaidel. The exhibit follows the experiences of the cadets turned officers whose Civil War paths brought them from West Point to the Gettysburg battlefield.
In honor of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, the “Voices from D-Day” exhibit highlights the recollections of those who participated in D-Day and its aftermath as soldiers, sailors, pilots, medics, and other support personnel.
Special Collections & College Archives
Professor Frank Kramer, Class of 1914, taught a popular Fine Arts elective designed to teach students how to examine jade, ivory, embroidered textiles, lacquer, and porcelain with the eye of a collector. Kramer allowed students to handle and analyze pieces from his extensive personal collection. In 1958 Kramer finished writing a textbook customized for the class. Many of the pieces displayed in this exhibit were discussed in the text and are remembered by students who took the class.
Student Sociological Research in Singapore, Summer 2018
By Brianna Costira, Meira Ruben, Jesse Shircliff, and Xiunan Yu with Professor VoonChin Phua
This exhibition comprises images from summer research completed by four students from the Gettysburg Sociology Department. In the Spring of 2018, Brianna Costira, Meira Ruben, Jesse Shircliff, and Xiunan (Sam) Yu received the competitive ASIANetwork Student-Faculty Fellowship grant to research cultural tourism in Singapore with their faculty mentor, Professor of Sociology VoonChin Phua.
The Majestic Theater
Nature is the ultimate therapist. Detailed photographs of water birds, plants, and flowers explore the delicacy, beauty and wonder of the natural world as seen through the eyes of nature photographer and wildlife artist Sandra Blair. Come to the Majestic Theater lobby to take a serene walk through nature and forget about everyday life for a while.
Sandra Blair is the Visual Resources Curator in the Art and Art History department at Gettysburg College. Her award-winning photographs and paintings feature subjects that are fleeting and finite in nature, captured in a way that expresses her deep admiration for the planet’s more delicate characteristics.
Browsing Room, Main Floor
“Trash and Treasure” is an exhibit by marine biologist, ecologist, and Environmental Studies Professor Emeritus John Commito. It features sculptures from objects he has found on beaches and back roads of coastal Maine as well as in his hometown of Frederick, Maryland. Commito collects, sorts, and arranges these objects, then encloses them with a frame. Presented this way, “they appear both ancient and ephemeral, like miniature ecosystems in tension between the past and the present,” says Commito. This exhibit is currently featured in the Browsing Room on the main floor of the library.
The Majestic Theater
This exhibit gives a glimpse of life at Gettysburg College campus as it appeared during the College’s first 100 years and how it appears today. All of the black and white photographs on display are exhibited courtesy of Special Collections & College Archives at Gettysburg College. The color photos are courtesy of the College’s Communications & Marketing department as well as the Athletic Communications department.
Some of the early images in this exhibit were created by battlefield photographer William Howard Tipton, a Gettysburg native who apprenticed with local photographers Charles and Isaac Tyson. Several of the other photographs have appeared in early twentieth century publications of the Spectrum, Gettysburg College’s yearbook.
Life of Civilians and Military Personnel in Europe
Photographs by Sgt. Burdette J. Marker, Staff Photographer, 71st Division, U.S. Army
This exhibit features a collection of black and white photos taken by Sgt. Burdette Marker, the former father-in-law of Art and Art History Adjunct Instructor Brent Blair. History major Philip Pane, ’17 first encountered the negatives in Blair’s Introduction to Photography class. After graduating, Philip did further research on these negatives and selected some to print and display for this exhibit.
Sgt. Marker served as an official photographer of the 71st United States Infantry Division during World War II. He took these photographs in France, Germany, and Austria during the final months of the war. The 71st was a “rapid response” division serving as part of General Patton’s 3rd Army. The photos displayed show war-related activities, but also convey the daily life of the soldiers.
“Local Names and Habitations” is a photography exhibit by naturalist, astronomer, and adjunct associate professor of English Ian Clarke. This exhibit features nature photos taken from his hikes in and around southcentral and northern Pennsylvania. Because Clarke is an angler, many of these photos feature local streams and watersheds. In addition to the landscape photography, the exhibit includes a few starry night sky photos as well.
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An exhibit remembering the classmates, friends, brothers, sons, and husbands from Gettysburg College who were killed while serving in the military during the Vietnam Wa