In the recent battle between the Institute for Advanced Study and the Princeton Battlefield Society before the Hearing Board, many letters commented on the Society and our lack of doing things at the battlefield. Comments were freely written that we wasted the money given us on litigation, when we should have spent the money on the park.
First, the money donated from around the country could be spent on nothing but litigation. It was donated with that understanding. Second, this weekend coming, April 21-22, we are entertaining multiple groups portraying American, British and Hessian units. I hope those who support us will come out. I also hope that those who bashed us in the papers will come out and see what we do when we are not in hearings. I would like them to come and see the educational efforts we attempt.
During the hearing and in the papers, many pointed to Einstein and implied a certain respect due him. I do respect Professor Einstein, but 160 years prior to Einstein, Washington and the Continentals fought a life and death battle in Princeton that changed the American Revolution. I think they deserve respect too.
While the courts now review the hearing outcome, let us move forward and work to improve the battlefield park and restore the Clarke House. It will be a great weekend.
Joe Carney is a member of the Princeton Battlefield Society.