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Old School is New Again at Shippensburg University

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  • Book Trilogy Traces Elizabethville Woman's West Virginia Roots.

    Book Trilogy Traces Elizabethville Woman's West Virginia Roots.

    Book Trilogy Traces Elizabethville Woman's West Virginia Roots.

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:59 AM EDT2014-08-22 12:59:44 GMT
    For many of her 87 years, Anna Jean Bennett Ditty was told, "You ought to write a book!" So, ten years ago, she did. In fact, she needed three books to cover her life, starting with "The House on the Hill," about growing up with three siblings in a small West Virginia town during the depression, with a hard-working mom and an absentee father.Browsing through her first book, Ditty paused to point out a childhood picture of her baby brother Dickie."He's my baby brother," she said. "My momma alw...More >>
    For many of her 87 years, Anna Jean Bennett Ditty was told, "You ought to write a book!" So, ten years ago, she did. In fact, she needed three books to cover her life, starting with "The House on the Hill," about growing up with three siblings in a small West Virginia town during the depression, with a hard-working mom and an absentee father.Browsing through her first book, Ditty paused to point out a childhood picture of her baby brother Dickie."He's my baby brother," she said. "My momma alw...More >>
  • Perry County Church Given New Life

    Perry County Church Given New Life

    Perry County Church Given New Life

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:02 AM EDT2014-08-19 15:02:59 GMT
    A big reason why Darlene Barrick fought to save the Mahanoy Union Church from bulldozers lies in the small cemetery next to it."This is Ulysses Grant Baker. My grandfather Baker," said Barrick, pointing to one of several headstones in the church cemetery with direct family ties. "He helped build the church."At another stone she added, "This is my Uncle Albert who fought in World War One."Since closing in the early 1960's, the church suffered heavily from neglect and vandalism. But stepping in...More >>
    A big reason why Darlene Barrick fought to save the Mahanoy Union Church from bulldozers lies in the small cemetery next to it."This is Ulysses Grant Baker. My grandfather Baker," said Barrick, pointing to one of several headstones in the church cemetery with direct family ties. "He helped build the church."At another stone she added, "This is my Uncle Albert who fought in World War One."Since closing in the early 1960's, the church suffered heavily from neglect and vandalism. But stepping in...More >>
  • Chancel Makeover Marks Dillsburg Church Centennial

    Chancel Makeover Marks Dillsburg Church Centennial

    Chancel Makeover Marks Dillsburg Church Centennial

    Friday, August 15 2014 9:17 AM EDT2014-08-15 13:17:26 GMT
    St. Paul's Lutheran Church is an easily recognized landmark of downtown Dillsburg, standing high on a hill, with large stain glass windows and an adjacent prayer garden.But it's inside the church where a remodeling project marks the celebration of the building's 100th anniversary.The most noticeable change is the altar area, now several feet wider, and easier to access.Pastor Lois Van Orden says the centennial seemed like the perfect time to modernize the chancel and choir area."The thing tha...More >>
    St. Paul's Lutheran Church is an easily recognized landmark of downtown Dillsburg, standing high on a hill, with large stain glass windows and an adjacent prayer garden.But it's inside the church where a remodeling project marks the celebration of the building's 100th anniversary.The most noticeable change is the altar area, now several feet wider, and easier to access.Pastor Lois Van Orden says the centennial seemed like the perfect time to modernize the chancel and choir area."The thing tha...More >>

It has the look of a well-planned museum, but it's open only one weekend a year. It's the story of Shippensburg University told through memorabilia. It's a hands-on look at campus life dating back to its early days as the Cumberland Valley State Normal School. It's a collection started twenty-three years ago by Associate Dean of students, Robert Smith.

"Every day new things come in. I probably get 4 to 5 pieces every week," said Smith.

The collection now includes more than three-thousand items gathered from flea markets, yard sales, e-bay and alumni. It's a nostalgia treasure for past and present students.

"It's just like memory lane," said Smith. When some of them walk in here they say 'Oh my God. I had that. I remember that.' Or, if they were in a fraternity or sorority. They love looking at the old pictures, reminiscing about friends. If they were on one of the sports teams, it's kind of nice to come back to look at the pictures and look at the artifacts that we have."

Famous alumni are featured all throughout the display, including best selling author Dean Koontz, U-S Army General Tommy Franks, and pro football stars John Kuhn, Rob Davis and Brent Grimes. Pittsburgh Pirates infielder, Clyde "Pooch" Barnhart, who played in the 1925 World Series, is also highlighted. Many visitors, like Shippensburg Senior Marquita Johnson, say they'd like to see the homecoming weekend display become a permanent part of the campus.

"That would be a good idea," said Johnson. Because I like going into a library and you see the old pictures. It gives you this feeling that, oh, there's history here."

Senior Jonathan Ballard-Baker agrees. "I think the collection is amazing. I just looked through it briefly between classes and there's a lot of history here."

And new to the display this year is a memorial to long time Associate Director of Athletics, Jane Goss, who guided the 1979 field hockey team to a national championship.

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