Former Heritage Trustee’s impact on conservatism

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 during the 1980s but his service to the conservative movement, and to Heritage, didn’t stop there.

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 after 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  The institute has over 60,000 unique historical documents that they use to support tens of thousands of teachers who help change the lives of students.

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 relationship between the United States and Great Britain during World War II. In the book, Lehrman specifically draws out the tactics and leadership styles of Roosevelt, Churchill, and other key players responsible for bringing the two nations together to win the war.  He brings to life the little known challenges that these men faced and how we face some of the same challenges in our world today. 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.


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