First meeting- September 03, 2019 ~ Campaign 42

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First meeting- September 03, 2019 ~ Campaign 42

Reflecting On 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.”

Our speaker is Tom McMillan who works in sports but his passion is history -- and he always wanted to make a contribution to history. His most recent book is "Gettysburg Rebels: Five Native Sons Who Came Home to Fight as Confederate Soldiers" (June 2017). Three years earlier he completed a more contemporary historical work: "Flight 93: The Story, The Aftermath and The Legacy of American Courage on 9/11." McMillan serves on the Board of Trustees of Pittsburgh's Heinz History; on the board of directors of the Friends of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa.; on the marketing committee at the Gettysburg Foundation, and as a tour guide of the Civil War Room at Carnegie Library in Carnegie, Pa. His day job is Vice President of Communications for the five-time Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. A former newspaper sports writer and talk show host, McMillan has covered the Olympics, the Stanley Cup Finals, the Super Bowl, the World Series, the NBA Finals, the Final Four, various major bowl games and numerous other major (and minor!) sporting events. He grew up in Bellevue, Pa. near Pittsburgh and earned a degree in journalism and communications from Point Park University in Pittsburgh. He continues to serve his alma mater as co-director of the Pittsburgh Center for Sports Media and Marketing at Point Park. He resides with his family in Kennedy Township, Pa. and is an ardent supporter of Chelsea FC.

About the Speaker’s Topic:
Gettysburg Rebels is the gripping true story of five young men who grew up in Gettysburg, moved south to Virginia in the 1850s, joined the Confederate army - and returned "home" as foreign invaders for the great battle in July 1863. Drawing on rarely-seen documents and family histories, as well as military service records and contemporary accounts, Tom McMillan delves into the backgrounds of Wesley Culp, Henry Wentz and the three Hoffman brothers in a riveting tale of Civil War drama and intrigue

Please note Jim will be bringing his book to the meeting and you can purchase for $20.00.