Wednesday, May 8, 2019

SPEAKER SERIES #3: O. James Lighthizer


Speaker Series #3

HISTORIC PRESERVATION AND PLACE-BASED TEACHING: The Importance of Knowing our History and Culture
in Order to Preserve our Democratic Republic 
O. James Lighthizer - President of the American Battlefield Trust
August 28th  |  7:00 p.m.

For the past 20 years, O. James Lighthizer has been responsible for the preservation of battlefield sites involved in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War. Under his leadership, the American Battlefield Trust has saved over 50,000 acres of land in 24 states.
A dynamic speaker, Lighthizer will discuss how place-based education on this land can teach present and future generations of Americans about their country’s history, values and culture. Many of our nation’s most important principles and ideals were made real on battlefields through the sacrifices of citizen
soldiers, and place-based teaching effectively tells this story of the creation and defining of the United States, warts and all: one of the greatest ever told.
Lighthizer has been the president of the American Battlefield Trust for twenty years. He is a “recovering politician” from the state of Maryland, having previously served its citizens as a state legislator, Anne Arundel County Executive and State Secretary of Transportation. He is privileged to lead the American Battlefield Trust, an organization of some 50,000 members throughout America who have saved, to date, over 50,000 acres of American Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Civil War battlefield land in 24 states. The Trust is the most successful private-sector historic land preservation organization in American history and is also a leader in battlefield interpretation and education, telling the story of what happened on this hallowed ground.
FREE to the public. Seating is limited; make reservations online at or call 301-373-2280.
The Boeing Company has generously sponsored the Speaker Series at Sotterley for the past 12 years.


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