Some of you may have seen this on CWi's front page today. If you haven't read it, you should. In this particular case, I really think Latschar and GNMP are being petty and juvenile. Pay attention to the last two paragraphs. Seems they just have a burr up their butt over the family suing them years ago, and are acting like a bunch of P.O'd school kids. Any other opinions?
Sounds like the NPS is wrong to me if the family gave all of these artifacts seems only fitting that they be reccognized.
Sounds like the current director is throwing a tantrum . I am sure there current actions will affect the view of future contributors , as far as weither they will want to help the park or not. I know it would effect mine. Credit where credit is due.
According to an ancient FAQ page (apparently written even before the National Tower was removed) on gettysburg.com, the NPS contines to "control, own and protect" the Rosensteel collection.
And, yes, Latschar — who I think has done wonderful things for Gettysburg battlefield preservation in the past — is being incredibly petty about this. Almost to the point of being irresponsible, I think, if not downright insensitive to the NPS' own hstory at Gettysburg.
Statement regarding display of the Rosensteel Plaques
at Gettysburg National Military Park
By Park Superintendent John A. Latschar
Gettysburg National Military Park has a long history of philanthropy.
Today’s “Campaign to Preserve Gettysburg” by the Gettysburg Foundation is
the largest and most comprehensive project, in terms of solving long-term
preservation problems and enhancing our ability to educate the American
public about the sacrifices and meaning of the Battle of Gettysburg and its
The Rosensteel family’s commitment to gathering and preserving the
artifacts of the battle and the town goes back to the earliest days after
July 3, 1863, when local citizens were treating the wounded and burying the
dead. We at National Park Service honor the Rosensteel family legacy at
Gettysburg and we remain grateful for the generous donation of their
collection which even today makes up the majority of the battle-related
artifacts in our museum collection.
I personally want to extend my gratitude to Larry Eckert and Angela
Rosensteel Eckert and their families for their generous gift to the
After careful consideration, Gettysburg National Military Park has decided
to display the Rosensteel plaques in the new Museum and Visitor Center in
the collections research room, where researchers will have hands-on access
to artifacts from the collection. We look forward to the day when visitors
and researchers from Gettysburg and throughout the nation can visit this
new world-class museum, experience powerful new museum exhibits illustrated
so well with artifacts from the Rosensteel donation, and see these plaques
as a reminder of the family’s legacy.