Pres. Riggs quoted in Associated Press story about Battle of Gettysburg commemoration

Pres. Janet Morgan Riggs '77 was quoted in a June 24 Associated Press article about the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. The story was picked up in a number of outlets, including the Washington Post, Fox News, MSN, Yahoo! News, and numerous regional and local outlets.

From the AP:

At the time of the war, Gettysburg was home to Pennsylvania College, and a small number of its 116 students had stayed behind for summer classes despite the arrival of the rival armies. When the real shooting began, the students were quickly dismissed, and the main building — which today houses the Gettysburg College administration — also became a field hospital.

College President Janet Morgan Riggs said its history is becoming a bigger presence on campus. Students can now minor in Civil War-era studies, the college runs a Civil War institute that attracts scholars each summer and, for the past 11 years, freshmen have been brought to the national cemetery to hear President Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address" and other speakers.

"For a period of time, we did not embrace this historical context," Riggs said. "I don't know if there was a fear we'd be seen as a Civil War college, but over the last couple decades we have certainly embraced it."


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