Excellence in Cultural Resource Stewardship for Superintendents
Superintendent, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park, Virginia
In response to a proposed 51-acre Wal-Mart development within the historic boundary of the park's Wilderness Battlefield, Superintendent Smith engaged a coalition of local, regional, and national interest groups. They forged a compromise that benefitted park cultural resources by moving the new store to a site three miles north.
Throughout the negotiations, Smith never wavered from his stated concerns about the direct and indirect impacts of the development and associated traffic on the park. He framed his position by recognizing the need for development, while also placing the role of the park within the context of the larger community.
His accomplishment demonstrates the importance of both public leadership and quiet behind-the-scenes work to build a consensus that serves both local economic and national preservation interests.