Who Killed Local History?
The Legion Ville Story
231 Years: What's the Future of Legion Ville?
Have we GIVen up?
In another issue of Milestones (Vol 21 No 2 Summer 1996 ), Regina Morrow Riley fumes:
“It has been an astonishing journey to preserve this place. Old attitudes prevail in this valley and nobody quite seems to know what to do with a historical resource. The Beaver County Corporation for Economic Development even wanted to build an industrial park at the site several years ago. During recent archaeological excavations conducted on the site from 1991-1994, significant features of Wayne’s camp have been found. These include firepits, chimney foundations, floor sills and even wagon tracks. Hundreds of historic and prehistoric artifacts have been uncovered. A trace of the Old Beaver Road is virtually intact. This road is at least 5,000 years old and was a well-known Indian trail in the distant past.
Lessons Learned from the Past
A movement is in the first order. Collective action is imperative. There will be no preservation of Legion Ville without first building a movement to organize the effort.
LEADERSHIP – Organizational command
- Who is going to organize and lead the new Legion Ville preservation effort?
ALLIANCES – Power partnerships, networks, and affinity kinships
What key players or stakeholders need to be on board and actively involved and in what ways can a new movement join forces and ally with affinity movements and existing historical sites, such as Fallen Timbers Battlefield National Park?
Beaver County History Community
Regional, State, and National Historical Partners
- Alliances with a wide range of preservation groups
PLAN OF ACTION – Strategic and tactical efforts
What are the movement’s near-term and long-term goals?
What objectives will signal that the movement is achieving its goals?
What is the master timeline for the movement?