The Untold Story of the Gettysburg Address


The diary entries of Gettysburg College alumnus David Wills paint a picture of a serious, young man focused on his responsibilities as a student--studying the classics, practicing his debate skills. He was a 20-year-old junior at what was then called Pennsylvania College (now Gettysburg College), and each night he conscientiously recorded his daily schedule, his visits with friends and family, his trips to town for his favorite dinner of oysters.

Wills' diary offers few personal reflections or glimpses into aspirations for the future, but the entries made in the late 1840s and early 1850s do indicate that he and fellow students were well aware of the political controversies sweeping the young nation. Their lives not yet disrupted by the gathering storm that would threaten to divide the country in the next decade, and nothing in the young man's diary suggests the prominent role that he himself would play in the storm's aftermath.

READ MORE about David Wills' impact on the Gettysburg Address.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition that includes Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate and other distinguished scholars among its alumni. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Judith Lindquist, Gettysburg Magazine, Spring 2009
Contact: Mike Baker, assistant director of communications, 717.337.6521

Posted: Fri, 15 Nov 2013


I am an alumi of Gettysburg College. My daughter's school, Renaissance Academy Charter School in Phoenixville, PA, performance an annual production of the Nutcracker Ballet. My daughter has one of the lead roles and will be dancing as the Sugar Plum Fairy. We are looking for donation for our holiday raffle and silent auction. I was wondering if you would donate any items with the Gettysburg College logo on it> This could be a great way to gain awareness of Gettysburg among the faculty and student body. Outlined below is information on this wonderful holiday tradition. Sincerely, Laurie Urkuski Class of 1984. School is in full swing at Renaissance Academy and planning is already underway for the seventh annual production of The Nutcracker ballet! We know that local businesses are often inundated with donation requests during the holidays. To help potential donors manage these requests, we’ve decided to kick off the process early in the school year. We would love to include a donation from Gettysburg College in our holiday raffle and silent auction program. Many of the Renaissance Academy families are looking for unique gift ideas and would love to promote the college by wearing and using items donated by Gettysburg College. Can we count on your support for the 2013 Nutcracker program (see attached documents)? For your records, our non-profit id is 501c # 23-3011909. Please see attached donation and sponsorship forms. Donations can be mailed directly to the school. For your convenience, the contact information is provided below: Mail: Mehgan Jarvie Director of Dance Renaissance Academy 40 Pine Crest Ave. Phoenixville, PA 19460 Email: Thank you in advance for your support! Laurie Urkuski Parent Volunteer Renaissance Academy 610-220-7801 (cell)

Laurie Urkuski - 1984 | Posted Nov 17, 2013 03:37 PM



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