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Letter: Princeton Battlefield Thanksgiving

Princeton Battlefield Society thanks supporters!

 

Dear Editor, 

It has been months since the Planning Board approved the Institute for Advanced Study building application to construct 15 units on a piece of the Princeton Battlefield the IAS owns.

As a Trustee of the Battlefield Society, I was horrified and pictured bulldozers cutting into the battle ground. With the vote,I was re-energized and sought ways to make people aware of this significant historical loss.I saw the battlefield differently. It could not be business as usual for me and fortunately thousands of others felt the same way. 

At this time of Thanksgiving, I am grateful that so many have come out to support the Princeton Battlefield Society. From Veterans groups, Boy and Girl Scouts, descendants of the men who fought the Revolution, history societies, students, enthusiasts, and all the other Americans who see what is to be lost and what is to be gained, I have met with many of them and am so grateful for the chance. 

I do not know today what the future will hold for the Princeton Battlefield, one of the "11 Most Endangered Historical Sites" in the country. It still amazes me that the IAS, a good organization, wants a black mark like this on their record.

Regardless, the Battlefield Society will continue to work to preserve our American Heritage. We will schedule period appropriate educational, theatrical, and musical events. Maybe the IAS will see the battlefield differently too! 

Thankfully, 

Joe Carney

Glenwood, NJ

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PrincetonIQ November 21, 2012 at 08:58 AM
On the other hand, I am thankful for the Institute and all it has brought to the life of the local community and all it has contributed to the broader society. I am respectful of the memory of those who fought hard for our freedom, and believe they would approve the changes and construction. All of those independence fighters knew that we should be informed by the past but not constrained and controlled by it. I hope the Battlefield Society will see the light and do the right thing by ending its fight against the Institute.
GFEORGE FULLER November 21, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Dear IAS- You are not honoring the Independence fighters who fought and died on this hallowed ground by building dwellings on top of these men and the area they defended. It is a desecration of a crucial area at the crucible of creating this great nation. The arrogance, lack of appreciation and forethought is appalling. The current events happening on this field and in direct opposition to what they fought for. Without the positive results of the actions that took place here, which helped lead to ultimate victory and Independence the P.U. would not exist as known Today. Where's Thomas Paine when needed to create more 'COMMON SENSE'
Brian Kovacs November 21, 2012 at 05:16 PM
The reality will be that if the bulldozers raise Maxwell Field to build the housing the ability for future generations to be informed by our history will be lost. Scientists agree that experimentation and testing hypotheses requires a place to test them, to study them, to develop a deeper understanding. If a scientist's lab were removed would that not impact their study? Of course it would. Don't deny posterity, educators, historians and the community of the ability to learn about this battle. The IAS has so many resources, some of the greatest thinkers in the world and they cannot come up with solution that does not destroy the most important part of the most important battlefield of the revolution? Then i think the IAS is selling itself short i for one believe they can find a better solution at the very least they should try.
PrincetonIQ November 22, 2012 at 10:35 AM
All of this hyperbole is amusing. Our forefathers were all about the future, abandoning respecfully the past and moving forward. We have hundreds of acres, including the Battlefield, preserved to respect and honor this important fight. This is about a small number of people being unhappy they aren't being followed to the letter, a typical Princeton isue, not about what's right. The institute has been generous in the past, and to the past, and I'm in favor of their plan.

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