In her introductory archaeology course with Prof. Aubrey Baadsgaard, English major Erica Haas ’16 was asked to trace the past of a historic campus landmark. She shared her discoveries with Gettysburg magazine.
Gettysburg: What made you curious about the Tiber?
Haas: It is often unnoticed and as I began to study the campus, I found that the twisting creek that runs mostly underground throughout the town of Gettysburg and through the south of campus is called Stevens Run Creek on the official campus map. I had never heard of anyone calling the stream anything but the Tiber, and I wanted to know why.
Gettysburg: Where did you begin?
Haas: In Musselman Library’s Special Collections and College Archives. I wanted to find out how far back the reference went. The archivist suggested using the Pennsylvania College Monthly, the precursor to this alumni magazine. I chose the oldest volume they had, and immediately found a reference to the creek, dated May 1877: “The classic Tiber has ceased it[s] turbulence.”