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Student Research Paper

Publication Date

Spring 2010


For students at Gettysburg College, there are many departments from which one can chose to make their major course of study. Included among these courses of study is the chemistry department. Though the chemistry department might seem like a stagnant, fixed part of the Gettysburg curriculum, it has not always been that way. For about the past 125 years, the chemistry department has seen a world of change from the time that it finally separated from the physical sciences and became its own department to the changing of omnipresent faculty, the chemistry department has evolved over time to become what it is today. Through an examination of how the department developed when its leadership changed from that of Dr. Edward S. Breidenbaugh to Dr. John B. Zinn, a greater understanding of chemistry at Gettysburg can be reached. [excerpt]

Course Information:

  • Course Title: HIST 300: Historical Method
  • Academic Term: Spring 2010
  • 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, Chemistry Department, Edward S. Breidenbaugh, John B. Zinn


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Breidenbaugh Hall

Breidenbaugh to Zinn: The Evolution of Chemistry at Gettysburg College