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In writing The Way We Were: A History of Student Life at Gettysburg College, 1832-1982, it has been my purpose to capture what it was like to be a student at Gettysburg as the changing patterns of that life evolved and shifted with the growth of the College and events in the world outside the campus. Space confines impose perimeters. No attempt has been made to detail the history of organizations or to include many of the names of persons involved in campus leadership. The role of athletics has been mentioned only briefly as two monographs in the History Series have been devoted to its development.

As I chose to write from the student point of view as much as possible, I researched the complete files of the following publications: Pennsylvania College Monthly, Mercury, Gettysburgian, Spectrum. Additional sources included Cannon Bawl, The Blister, the G-Books, Junto, and the underground publications of the sixties and seventies. A study of the College catalogs and the minutes of the Board of Trustees and the Faculty proved to be helpful, especially prior to the existence of student publications. [excerpt]

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Gettysburg, PA


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Cultural History | Education | History | Liberal Studies | Social History | United States History


Volume 6 of Gettysburg College's History Series. The Gettysburg College History Series was a series of monographs on various aspects of College history published in anticipation of the 150th anniversary of its 1832 founding.

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The Way We Were: A History of Student Life at Gettysburg College 1832-1982