In Response to: Digging for History

The Princeton Battlefield Society salutes Professors Rachael DeLue and Nathan Arrington ’02 and the Humanities Council on their outstanding “Battle Lab: The Battle of Princeton” course (On the Campus, Jan. 9). We enthusiastically endorse this great advance for historical education and preservation at Princeton Battlefield State Park. This course begins a wonderful new opportunity for town-gown collaboration, in partnership with New Jersey’s Division of Parks. Battle Lab will greatly help improve, preserve, and interpret this national-treasure site.

Archaeological opportunities abound. After years of budget cuts, so do the park’s needs. Since 1970, the Princeton Battlefield Society has been helping the state expand, improve, and preserve the park. Having now helped acquire nearly 15 new acres of core battlefield land — the “second Battle of Princeton” — the society is launching several new initiatives, including a new tour and education program.

Princetonians have a unique association with Princeton Battlefield, now even more special with Battle Lab. The Princeton Battlefield Society eagerly and gratefully awaits further such significant partnering with the University.

Thomas H. Pyle ’76
Treasurer, Princeton Battlefield Society, Princeton, N.J.