A belated congratulations to former Gettysburg superintendent, John Latschar, who earlier this month was honored by The National Parks Conservation Association with the Stephen T. Mather Award for his work on park preservation.

The award recognizes National Park Service employees who have demonstrated initiative and resourcefulness in promoting environmental protection and who have taken direct action where others may have hesitated in order to promote the principles and practices of good stewardship of the national parks,” according to the press release.

Latshar has been instrumental in restoring wartime viewsheds, dismantling the ugly observation tower, and helping create what I believe is the most important Civil War exhibit to be found anywhere.  Public historians like Latschar are easily worth their weight in gold.  It is reassuring to know that he will be involved in affairs at Gettysburg for the foreseeable future as the president of the Gettysburg Foundation.

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