I would like to begin by saying thank you to the Post-Gazette for bringing to the public's attention the grave situation we are facing concerning Bushy Run Battlefield and Fort Pitt Museum.
It has been reported as of late that both might cease to operate as museums and forums of public education. If this occurs, the items contained within will be removed from the region. These items and these sites are the very essence of Western Pennsylvania and early American History.
I believe the public fails to grasp the severity of this situation.
These two sites are not merely historical museums; they are the very reason we are Americans. Without the fighting that was waged in the Ohio Valley and at the crucial three rivers juncture there would not be the America we know and love today.
As an adjunct professor of history, I have taken my students on field trips to Bushy Run Battlefield and can affirm that there is no better way to convey history to the modern student than through a hands-on, sensory experience. These two sites are under-appreciated and overlooked gems within our own community which provide the often unengaged youth of today a way to take an active part in history.
If we lose these two sites, we lose ourselves and our history. In losing our history we lose the best of our culture and civilization. That is something that is happening at an ever increasing rate. I urge all Western Pennsylvanians to rally behind Bushy Run and Fort Pitt.
ERIC B. GREISINGER