Former Heritage Trustee’s Impact on Conservatism


Former Heritage Trustee’s Impact on Conservatism

July 31st, 2017

Lewis Lehrman served faithfully as a Heritage trustee for nearly two decades.

The patriots that serve on the Heritage Board of Trustees do so because they believe in preserving America for future generations. They see Heritage leading the fight for the conservative principles needed to maintain a strong America.

Not only do they fight for conservatism through Heritage but they also make an impact on their own time.

This is a snapshot of what a former Heritage Trustee has done for the conservative cause.

Lewis Lehrman served faithfully as a Heritage trustee for nearly two decades before resigning in the mid 90s but his service to the conservative movement, and to Heritage, continued on.

In 1981 he was appointment by President Ronald Reagan to the Presidential Gold Commission. Along with Congressman Ron Paul, Lewis Lehrman collaborated on a minority report of the commission, which was published as The Case for Gold (1982) that explains the reasons for having paper currency backed by gold.

He is also the author of The True Gold Standard: A Monetary Reform Plan without Official Reserve Currencies (2012) that lays out a plan to restore the stability of the American dollar and Lincoln at Peoria: The Turning Point (2008) which examines the pivotal speech that was a turning point in Lincoln’s life.

Lehrman has also been named to the advisory board of the American Principles Project’s Gold Standard initiative. He heads The Gold Standard Now – a project of The Lehrman Institute. Established in 1972, The Lehrman Institute is a public policy foundation focused on history, economic and foreign policy, education, and local communities.

In the 1990s he generously funded Heritage’s Lehrman auditorium, named in honor of his father, and has been used to host lectures and events promoting conservatism ever since.

In 1994 Lehrman co-founded the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History that’s devoted to the improvement of the next generation of Americans through the study of American history.  The institute has over 60,000 unique historical documents that they use to support tens of thousands of teachers who help change the lives of students. Lehrman was presented the National Humanities Medal at the White House in 2005 for his work in American history.

Besides serving as a Trustee of Heritage Lehrman has also served as a trustee of the American Enterprise Institute, the Morgan Library, the Manhattan Institute and New-York Historical Society. He is also a former Chairman of the Committee on Humanities of the Yale University Council.

Now Lehrman is releasing a new book titled "Churchill, Roosevelt & Company: Studies in Character and Statecraft" that takes a look at the special relationship between the United States and Great Britain during World War II that cemented the Alliance that won the war in the West. In the book, Lehrman reveals the personal diplomacy, character and statecraft at the core of the leadership of the Anglo-American Alliance through scrupulous research and fair judgement. If you’d like a copy of the book, you can order Churchill, Roosevelt & Company: Studies in Character and Statecraft  here

We are thankful to Lewis Lehrman for his support of Heritage and his continued work furthering the conservative cause.