The Friends of Valley Forge is now the
Valley Forge Park Alliance
Valley Forge Park Alliance announced during Heritage Night on June 17, 2016.
This year marks a special anniversary for us – in 1976, Valley Forge became a national park and a group of visionary citizens united as “Friends” to support it. Forty years later, we have grown into a national alliance of corporations, organizations and individual who share the goals of supporting and protecting the hallowed grounds of Valley Forge but also recognize an ever growing community that extends beyond the boundaries of the Park.
To celebrate this milestone, we are now the Valley Forge Park Alliance. As a friend of Valley Forge Park and now a friend of the Valley Forge Park Alliance, YOU are the reason for our success. Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do to support and preserve Valley Forge National Historical Park.
Our Mission: The Alliance works to advocate for Valley Forge National Historical Park, to enhance the visitor experience and to promote public appreciation of the Park’s historic, environmental and recreational resources.
National Park Service 100th Anniversary
Founder’s Day Celebration
|Saturday, August 27 10 am – 3:30 pm Visitor Center & other locations||Free Event|
Join us as we celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th birthday! The centennial marks the start of the second century of America’s stewardship of national parks and engaging communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs. Visit www.nps.gov/vafo for more information.
Kids activities include Centennial Activities Table in the Visitor’s Center, Photo with Buddy Bison, become a Centennial Junior Ranger and Ceremony at the Visitor Center Flag Pole and dress up like a Continental Soldier or Camp Follower.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Help Build a Hut at the Muhlenberg Brigade Huts • 10 am – 1:30 pm
Artillery Demonstration at the Muhlenberg Huts • 11:30 am • 1:30 pm • 3:30 pm
Walk and Learn Geology • 10:30 am • 11:30 am • 1:30 pm
Chat with a Ranger at the Muhlenberg Brigade Huts • 10 am – 4 pm
Who Were Those Ragtag Rebels at Steuben Statue? • 11 am • 3 pm
Memories in Stone at National Memorial Arch • 12 pm • 2 pm
Birthday Cake and Singing • 2:10 pm
|Tuesday, September 6 7 pm Washington Memorial Chapel||Free Event|
History, Architecture, and Symbolism
The Washington Memorial Chapel was built by and for the American people as a memorial to George Washington and as a statement of the crucial importance of the Valley Forge encampment to our nation’s existence and identity. This presentation will discuss the historical context in which it was built, who built it and why, and will show the several layers of symbolism and meaning revealed in the stained glass windows and architecture of the Chapel.
About the Speaker
Gardiner Pearson, a member of the Washington Memorial Chapel since 2007, is the president of the Board of the Washington Memorial Heritage, the secular 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the Chapel. He served twenty-four years with the State Department in Washington and in U.S. Embassies abroad, then retired in 2005. Prior to U.S. government service Gardiner worked for Citibank International in Greece, Morocco, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. Gardiner received an A.B. in History from Princeton University and a M.P.A from Woodrow Wilson School and served three years in the U.S. Navy. He was born and reared in suburban Philadelphia.
|Saturdays: June 18 | July 16 | July 30 | August 13 | Sept. 3 10 am – 3 pm||Free Event|
Join us at Muhlenberg Brigade to experience camp life through interactive activities and special demonstrations such as bread baking and cooking.
|Saturday October 17* 9 am – 1 pm||Comfortable clothing & sturdy footwear recommended|
|* subject to rescheduling based on weather|
Thanks to the great work of NOVA (Network Of Volunteer Associates), sponsored by Lockheed Martin, the Hut Brigade has been busy assisting NPS staff with daubing and doing whatever necessary to bring the new huts to completion so that visitors can enjoy. Join the fun and make a great contribution to this important work. No prior construction or building experience is necessary however you must be at least 16 years old to participate. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Transportation Funds for Teachers
The Friends of Valley Forge Park has established a fund to provide free transportation for qualifying school groups to visit the Valley Forge National Historical Park (VFNHP). The goal is to make it easier for teachers and students to access the exhibits and many educational resources offered by the VFNHP. Funds to reimburse the costs of transportation are currently available, on a first-come, first-served basis, to Schools in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey Regions (schools should be within a 45 mile radius of VFNHP). read more
Valley Forge Legacy: The Muster Roll Project
The Valley Forge Muster Roll is dedicated to the memory of those who were at the Valley Forge encampment from December 19, 1777 to June 19, 1778. The Continental Army used monthly muster rolls to track the army’s strength. Each roll contains names, ranks, dates of enlistment, and other notes on soldiers’ assignments, activities, or conditions. In addition, the names officers, camp followers, civilians and others present at the Valley Forge encampment are included. You may be surprised at the wide array of people who were at Valley Forge.