Students are enabled to reach their full academic potential at Gettysburg College. The campus community comes together to commend academic success annually at Celebration, a two-day symposium featuring undergraduate students’ research projects, creative activity, and community engagement.
Every year, the event illuminates the passion and intellectual curiosity of both students and faculty mentors alike through the variety of meaningful projects presented. In an environment that encourages thought and discovery, Celebration highlights the power of interdisciplinary exploration to change the world.
Individualized studies major, Danielle Jones ’18 presented the following project:
Jones has been analyzing the five monuments to the First World War in Washington, D.C., to better understand commemoration practices in the United States after WWI.
“The First World War is the most widely commemorated war in terms of living memorial and monuments, and yet it’s referred to as The Forgotten War. I wanted to see how such a dramatic memory shift could occur,” said Jones.
“I have discovered so far that the D.C. memorialization process has mirrored the national process, in that in the interwar period commemoration was very important, but that after the Second World War, the memory of the Great War faded in favor of other wars.”
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