Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Life as a Seminary Student
The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg held its inaugural session in 1826 with one professor, eight students, a small collection of books, and less than $1700. Seminarians adhered to a rigid schedule. The day started with a 5:00 a.m. worship service, followed by classes and study hours.
Seminarians were expected to be in their rooms by mid-evening through most of the 19th century. Time was also set aside for physical fitness, chores (there was no tuition, room or board charge) and private devotion. The conduct and daily activities of the students were closely monitored. Attendance at Sunday worship services was mandatory.
A Lutheran newspaper endorsed this highly structured regime: "Here the world may be completely shut out from the mind, and the soul be left to the uninterrupted pursuit of spiritual good." Seeking relief from these heavy demands, the student body often petitioned for longer vacation periods. The faculty invariably denied these appeals. Seminarians took careful notes, often filling notebooks of lectures verbatim in the 19th century. Above, an early 20th century room furnished and fitted with an increasingly personalized style.
Erected 2013 by The Seminary Ridge Historic Preservation Foundation. (Marker Number 3.)
Marker series. Seminary Ridge Historic Walking Tour marker series.
Location. 39° 49.915′ N, 77° 14.628′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of North Hays Street and Elm Street. Touch for map. Marker is located next to the parking lot for Valentine Hall, near the walkway. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); The Seminary Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker); Valentine Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Samuel Simon Schmucker Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Manor of Maske (within shouting distance of this marker); Crisis Comes to the Seminary's Back Door (within shouting distance of this marker); Daniel Alexander Payne (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Samuel Simon Schmucker (about 400 feet away); The Seminary Comes to Gettysburg (about 400 feet away); Third Richmond Howitzers (was about 500 feet away but has been reported missing. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
More about this marker. This marker is Stop 3 on the Seminary Ridge Historic Walking Trail.
Categories. • Churches & Religion • Education •
Credits. This page was last revised on May 10, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 12, 2013, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 293 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 12, 2013, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. 3, 4. submitted on December 7, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. 5. submitted on July 12, 2013, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.