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Student Research Paper

Publication Date

Spring 2006


A painting of Parker B. Wagnild hangs outside of the College Choir rehearsal room in Schmucker hall. Only a plaque bearing his name is underneath the painting, even the artist remains unknown. The painting is quite small in comparison to what the man in the painting has done for Gettysburg College. Though perhaps the placement of the painting means more than its size, for it located at a central spot in the music department building, and it is right outside of the College Choir rehearsal room. This places Wagnild at the heart of both the department and the choir, both of which he founded and devoted his career to throughout his years at Gettysburg College. Thus the placement of the painting is quite fitting. It’s a shame that many might pass by this painting and not know the story of the person depicted, for his influence is still a part of the choir and music department today. Wagnild built the foundation of Gettysburg College’s musical reputation. [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, Schmucker Hall, Parker B. Wagnild, college choir, music department


History | Music | United States History

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Schmucker Hall

Parker B. Wagnild Portrait in Schmucker Hall