I am pleased to be elected Brigade Commander for the coming year.  A bit about me.  I am retired from the National Park Service where I served for 38 years.  I was Superintendent of El Morro National Monument in  New Mexico, Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in Indiana, Morristown National Historical Park in New Jersey, Valley Forge National Park in Pennsylvania, as well as several other parks.

My specific interest in the Civil War came when I came into possession of a diary that my Great Grandfather wrote during and after the war.  He was an Indiana farm boy who signed on to the 36th Indiana Volunteer Infantry from Henry County, Indiana.

His journal tells of his trials and tribulations and successes from enlistment until the time he was badly wounded the day before his unit was a part of the assault on Kennesaw Mountain near Atlanta.  I have visited several of the places he mentioned in his journal.

As we begin another year, let us remember the work and sacrifice that the soldiers on both sides went through.  There are several excellent programs.  I am sure you will enjoy the fellowship this year.

Remembering Karl Lehr,

A legacy of honor, commitment and generosity

Karl Lehr was truly a renaissance man. He was a teacher, veteran of World War II, a preservationist and a philanthropist. During his time as a member of our Round Table he served our organization in many capacities. His commitment to historic preservation was accomplished through voice, labor and monetary contributions. Karl led a full life and his passing in 2009 at the age of 93 years generated a final gift that will continue to benefit future generations of our great land. A combination of his bequest to our Round Table and matching grants from leading Civil War preservation organizations brought $463,000 to the cause of historic preservation in 2011. We honor Karl’s memory tonight at our “Karl Lehr Memorial Dinner.