2018 Annual Report

 
 

Molly’s Letter

Dear Alliance Supporters,

I hope your new year is off to a great start! 2018 was a busy one for the Alliance. We held more events and programs than ever before. It was a whirlwind of fun and learning, plus, we made new friends who now know of and support the Alliance. Check out all the great photos to see 2018 at-a-glance.

We are even more enthused about what lies ahead in 2019. In November, a group of Alliance and Park leaders traveled to

Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio where we began a strategic planning process that will continue in 2019. The Cuyahoga Conservancy, our counterpart and host, has grown from a $250,000 one-person operation in 2002 to a $5 million operation with 80 staff in 2018.

With guidance from Cuyahoga and a strong partnership with the Park, we look forward to building our capacity so that we can help the Park more than ever before. We also hope to solidify plans to move the Alliance office to a more visible spot in the Park where we will be able to welcome the community with even more events and programs. Stay tuned!

Our mission is to inspire appreciation of and support for the Park. You inspire us in your support for the Park. Thank you!

Sincerely,

Molly

 
 
 
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Park Superintendent's Letter

Dear members of the Valley Forge Park Alliance, neighbors and partners,

I am very proud of the accomplishments of 2018 and excited for the future of the partnership between Valley Forge National Historical Park and VFPA. Together we were busy this past year with the construction of the Grand Parade Trail, the rehabilitation of the Steuben Overlook, Hut Brigade projects and the many events you will read about in this report. Additionally, you are an active part of the robust

volunteer program of community members that do everything from supporting Park events, providing special visitor experiences, repairing electrical problems, and serving as Park representatives…often the first face a visitor sees in the visitor center and within the Park. You are amazing neighbors with strong relationships with regional organizations, townships and counties. We can’t be the Park you need us to be without you. I am truly grateful to you for your advocacy, support, friend building and partner fundraising.

The Park and the VFPA are in a strong position to make positive change for the future, even with continued flat federal budgets and a steady decline in purchasing power. You all are co- owners of this special place, and with ownership comes a shared responsibility to promote, share, and protect historic and natural resources, continuing the work of generations of community leaders. You are an essential part of the NPS mission to “conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”

To facilitate the growth of the partnership between the Park and VFPA, we have been working with the Cuyahoga Conservancy to guide and shape our desired future…and it is exciting! More to come as we solidify our vision and strategy to move us forward.

With Appreciation,

Steve