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Student Research Paper

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Fall 2009


At risk of over using a popular cliché, there are objects everywhere on the Gettysburg College campus that are “hidden in plain sight.” For some objects, it is easy to stay hidden in this manner. Though we as college students and faculty pass them each day, they are simple plaques embedded in the cement paths we walk on, or the porticos of the academic buildings we enter without even thinking. Yet for other objects, it remains a perpetual mystery as to how even the infamously dense mind of the modern young adult could fail to, at least notice. The sculpture Sentinel, the massive conglomeration of stone and mortar standing 10 feet tall, is one such object. The plaque that is embedded in the ground at the foot of this monstrosity provides only vague enlightenment. [excerpt]

Course Information:

  • Course Title: HIST 300: Historical Method
  • Academic Term: Fall 2009
  • 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, Sentinel, sesquicentennial, Martin Puryear


History | United States History

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Campus Location

Lawn between Pennsylvania Hall and Glatfelter Hall

The Unsung Vigilance: A History of Sentinel