Battlefield Preservation

James Longstreet, Lt. Gen., CSA | Wikipedia

Any time you talk about the Civil War you have the opportunity to analyze the question,

“Why do men fight who were born to be brothers?”

James Longstreet, CSA General Robert E. Lee’s “Old War Horse.”

We have a lot of civic issues in Scottsdale that have provoked some strong feelings about the direction of our city’s “progress” and whether business interests or residents should be driving that process. A big part of the discussion is how much of the old to keep, nurture, and leverage, vs. how much should be swept aside in favor of new ideas and (potentially) new money.

We’ve also had some recent and heated discussions between neighbors about historic zoning overlays for some of our vintage neighborhoods like Golden Keys, that center on benefits vs. restrictions.

To that end (though not directly linked), tonight’s meeting of the Scottsdale Civil War Roundtable includes a presentation by David Duncan entitled,

The Great American Battlefield Preservation Quiz: Where the Audience Learns At Least 9½ New Things about Battlefield Preservation.”

For more than a decade, David has has been the Civil War Trust’s Director of Membership and Development, i.e., he’s in charge of all fund raising at the Trust.

After 14 years in the political fund raising industry, he and his team have now raised more than $95 million from private donors worldwide under the banner of the Civil War Trust. He’s also used that money to leverage a nearly equal amount of public funds in order to help save more than 30,000 acres of hallowed ground.

From the CWT website:

The Civil War Trust is America’s largest non-profit organization (501-C3) devoted to the preservation of our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields. The Trust also promotes educational programs and heritage tourism initiatives to inform the public of the war’s history and the fundamental conflicts that sparked it.

SCWRT meetings are are open to the public, Visitors are always welcome. Join them at the

Civic Center Library
3839 North Drinkwater Boulevard
Scottsdale, Arizona

A Civil War video is shown before each meeting, at 6:15 p.m., with the presentation beginning at 6:45 p.m.

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