used in early groundbreaking ceremony 5 Soon after the Rev. John Howard Harris became Bucknell’s president in 1889, he tasked William Gretzinger, Class of
1889, with leading the University’s publicity efforts. Gretzinger, who within a year of graduation also was named the
University’s first registrar, began an unprecedented advertising campaign that included catalogs and pamphlets; paid
advertisements in newspapers, prep-school publications
and religious periodicals; and a news service.
The effort rapidly paid off. Enrollment nearly doubled
within a decade, rising from 285 students in the 1889–90
academic year to 487 in 1899–1900, but the influx
created a demand for housing as well as classroom space
Bucknell broke ground April 3, 1899, on a building that could
accommodate its growing student body: a living space for 100
men that would, until 1959, be known as West College and, thereafter,
These four wooden stakes, representing the first-year through senior
classes, with satin ribbons corresponding to the class colors, were driven
into the ground with a wooden mallet at West College’s groundbreaking.
6JOHN GOULD’S Birds of Europe
You might know the English nonsense poet Edward
Lear for his famous work about the owl and the
pussycat, who went to sea in a beautiful pea-green
boat, but did you know that Lear drew owls, eagles
and pelicans too?
As a young and nearly starving artist in the 1830s,
Lear partnered with English naturalist John Gould
to use the then-novel process of lithography printing to create colorful bird prints. Lear
trained Gould’s wife, Elizabeth, in lithography as well, and in 1837, they published their most ambitious work up to that time: a
five-volume set of ornithological descriptions containing 448 hand-colored lithograph plates depicting the creatures inhabiting
Europe’s skies. Most were illustrated by Elizabeth, but the most dramatic, including the owls, were done by Lear.
Bucknell’s copy of Birds of Europe, a gift from Hollis Ross ’ 28, might have belonged to the most famous bird illustrator of all, John
J. Audubon. The books’ green-leather front covers are engraved in gold “Audubon FRS” (possibly standing for Fellow, Royal Society).