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Student Research Paper

Publication Date

Spring 2006


The glittering stones fill the cases in the lower lobby of the science center. Each one is has a tag saying where it was collected and what kind of rock formation it is. The cases themselves add to the feeling of being in a museum. Each rock is in pristine order and in good condition, very professional. While it is still not the most noticed of all collections on campus (located as it is on the bottom floor of the Science Center), it is still more obvious than it was just a few years ago. The rock collection is actually several different collections that have been put together over the past century and a half. The history of the mineral collection of Gettysburg College is intertwined with that of the Linnaean Society, John Gottlieb Morris, John J. Shank, and most recently Sarah Principato. Each of these parties is directly involved in the advancement of the mineralogical collection at Gettysburg College. [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, mineralogy, Science Center


Public History | United States History

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Science Center

Rocks in Gettysburg College History