Gargoyles and Grotesques of Gettysburg

by Dorothy Blauvelt Ralson 

Musselman Library Apse

October-November 2007

You've probably heard of the "Ghosts of Gettysburg," but you may not have known that some Gettysburg College buildings also host a different sort of ‘otherworldly' visitor. This exhibit, featuring photography by local artist Dorothy Blauvelt Ralson, highlights the gargoyles and other architectural curiosities which ornament the walls and rooflines of campus.

"I believe a good photograph does one thing, and that is to tell a story. It doesn't matter how simple, but it must engage the viewer, imparting a message and affecting him or her in some way. In the spirit of Halloween, I thought it would be fun to revisit a few images of things that go ‘bump in the night.' They are located right in our own backyard."

For more information about Gettysburg College's own gargoyles and grotesques, visit Musselman Library's online exhibit Hidden in Plain Sight, a collection of student papers which shed light on some often overlooked campus features.