Additional ExhibitsMusselman Library

October 13 - November 22, 2005







© Original art by Jim Ramos

For nearly 200 years, the story of Frankenstein has gripped our imaginations and haunted our dreams. Now, come explore the reasons why, as Musselman Library hosts the traveling exhibit Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature and numerous related events, October 13 through November 22, 2005.

Did you know Mary Shelley was only 19 years old when she wrote Frankenstein? What could possibly have been happening in her world that led to its creation? Do you really know the story, or just the celluloid version produced by Hollywood? And, how could this centuries-old text still provide a framework for such hotly-debated contemporary science issues as cloning and genetic engineering?

Come find the answers...if you dare!

The Exhibit
Musselman Library is one of only 80 libraries selected to host Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature. The exhibit consists of six 18-foot panels, each reflecting a different aspect of Frankenstein:

  • The Birth of Frankenstein
  • Science and the Boundary of Life
  • Finding Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus
  • The Transformation of a Monster
  • Frankenstein in America
  • Frankenstein and the Frontiers of Science

This free exhibit is located on the main floor of Musselman Library. The Library is open daily and most evenings and is located in the center of campus.


Join us for the many free events in conjunction with the Frankenstein exhibit. There are lectures about Mary Shelley, science in the early 19th Century, "Frankenfoods," and horror film music. Come see a play about cloning or hear live music at our exhibit reception.

And, just in time for Halloween fun, enjoy our horror film series. Each film is introduced by Jack Ryan, associate professor of English and instructor of the First-Year Seminar The Horror Film: A Disreputable Genre. There will be refreshments and conversation after the shows.

©Original art by Jim Ramos

Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature was organized by the National Library of Medicine and the American Library Association Public Programs Office.

The traveling exhibition is made possible through major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Library of Medicine. Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature is based on a major exhibition of original materials mounted by the National Library of Medicine in 1997-1998.

Musselman Library hosts this exhibit and has organized all the events being offered free to the public. (Contact Cynthia Gibbon,, (717) 337-6951 for more information.) Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature is also being supported by these divisions of Gettysburg College:

Events Planning and Coordinating Committee (EPACC)
First-Year Seminars
Department of English

Department of Philosophy
Friends of Musselman Library

A companion children's program is supported by the Adams County Arts Council's STAR Grant Program, which is funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, the Adams County Commissioners, and the Borough of Gettysburg.