Each year, thousands of visitors pour through the Admissions building. Many, even decades later, keep with them memories of that visit.
Geoffrey Jackson '91 returned to the Admissions building 25 years after his first visit to unveil two works of art he commissioned for the College that will forever live on the walls of the historic room where President Eisenhower wrote his memoirs.
Jackson recollected his first time setting foot on the Gettysburg College campus for his interview. He came with his father, who sat in during the interview and offered guidance along the way.
"I remember that day. My father was both proud and hopeful, just as I am of my two sons," Jackson said.
Today, Jackson gives back to Gettysburg to honor his father.
His family's FourJay Foundation, established by his late father Eugene Jackson, has provided support to the Center for Career Development, Musselman Library, the Jaeger Center, the Gettysburg Fund, and various scholarships over the years.
A past member of the Board of Fellows and Board of Trustees, Jackson has remained an integral supporter of the College through his volunteer service and philanthropic activities. He has served as a class agent, as a reunion gift committee chair, on the young alumni committee of the Cupola Society, and was honored with a Young Alumni Service Award in 2006.
Among the philanthropy that distinguishes Jackson are his generous donations of rare books, manuscripts, and art given to the College as a part of Special Collections. He gained an appreciation for art at a young age, while touring museums and galleries with his parents, who were serious collectors of impressionist art.
A little over ten years ago, Jackson attended a local gallery showing in Doylestown, PA, which featured the work of Alan Fetterman, one of the premier plein air impressionist painters in Bucks County, PA. Fetterman's art has been featured in over 30 solo-exhibitions and showcased in over 150 art galleries and exhibits worldwide.
Jackson, who has been an avid collector of Fetterman's work for over a decade, commissioned Fetterman to capture the essence of the Gettysburg College campus in two paintings to honor the experience he had at Gettysburg.
"These commissioned pieces are really important to me," said Jackson. "It's a marriage of good things: I can unite Alan's artistic vision with the significance and grandeur of a school that helped make me who I am today."
The paintings are made of the finest oils and Belgian linen, which can last for hundreds of years. The works of art are complemented by custom hand-carved and hand-built frames. One painting, a 30" by 40" of Penn Hall in the snow named "Pennsylvania Hall, Legacy," was selected due to the great remembrance Jackson had of a snow-covered campus in the wintertime.
The second painting, a 44" by 40" of Glatfelter Hall from the perspective of the Majestic roof called, "Glatfelter Aglow," is shown in all its springtime glory.
"Gettysburg College is a dynamic hub in one of the country's most sacred, historic places. The energy and culture of learning at Gettysburg is real and alive, and it's an honor for me to play a part in this," said Fetterman.
At the dedication ceremony for the paintings, Jackson and Fetterman lifted the cloth off the paintings together. Two beautiful works of art, representing transformation and legacy.