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Student Research Paper

Publication Date

Spring 2006


When visiting Gettysburg most people are surprised to find a college nestled amongst the acres of battlefields and quaint tourist town. The few that find their way to the campus are taken back by its unique array of architecture, beautifully manicured lawns, and a fountain right in the middle of all of it. Prospective students often have the same reaction. On paper Gettysburg College seems like any other school, but usually once a student visits, they fall in love with the with the campus, charming in every shade of green in spring, and ablaze with vibrant oranges and reds in the fall. It is hard to imagine a better place to spend a college career. The one element that ties the campus together aesthetically is the simple splendor of the fountain. It is not and elaborate piece, a simple circle with a sitting wall and a few jets of water, but somehow it manages to draw viewers in to revel in its simplicity. [excerpt]

Course Information:

  • Course Title: HIST 300: Historical Method
  • Academic Term: Spring 2006
  • Course Instructor: Dr. Michael J. Birkner '72

Hidden in Plain Sight is a collection of student papers on objects that are "hidden in plain sight" around the Gettysburg College campus. Topics range from the Glatfelter Hall gargoyles to the statue of Eisenhower and from historical markers to athletic accomplishments. You can download the paper in pdf format and click "View Photo" to see the image in greater detail.


Gettysburg College, Hidden in Plain Sight, fountain, J. William Warehime, Masters Hall


Public History | United States History

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Campus Location

Masters Hall

Gettysburg College Fountain