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.
|Tuesday, November 1 7 pm Washington Memorial Chapel||Free Event|
The executive producer of History Making Productions will show and discuss the filming of Storm: 1765–1790, the fourth episode in History Making Productions’ award-winning series entitled Philadelphia: The Great Experiment. Storm focuses on the deep and passionate divisions in Philadelphia during the American Revolution between Loyalists, Revolutionaries, and those who wanted nothing to do with either side. Relying extensively on originally created re-enactment scenes, Sam will help us understand how all the elements of the series are pieced together for the commercial television audience. He will also discuss the importance of making history accessible to as wide an audience as possible and the challenges of doing so in the age of 140 characters.
About the Speaker
Sam Katz is a lifelong Philadelphian who has had a unique career in public and project finance, venture capital, civic affairs, development, politics, and documentary filmmaking.
He spent twenty years as CEO of Public Financial Management and worked with cities, counties and state governments throughout the nation on financial distress and capital funding. Sam structured the financing for such Philadelphia sports facilities as the Wachovia Center and Camden Yards. More recently he chaired the State authority that exercised oversight over Philadelphia’s finances. He was also a candidate for Mayor of Philadelphia (1991, 1999, 2003) and Governor of Pennsylvania (1994).
Over the past eight years, Sam has been producing documentary films on the history of Philadelphia including the fourteen-part EMMY award winning series, Philadelphia: The Great Experiment and Urban Trinity: The Story of Catholic Philadelphia. These films are available online at historyofphilly.com and are free of charge.
Sam and Connie Katz have lived in West Mt. Airy for 35 years and are active members of Germantown Jewish Centre. They have four grown children, two of whom live in Philadelphia, and two grandsons.
Veterans Day Commemoration
|Friday, November 11 11 am – noon National Memorial Arch||Free Event|
Join us as we commemorate the legacy of the Continental Army and honor America’s military, both past and present, with special events throughout the day.
The National Park Service will be joined by local and national military organizations to honor our nation’s heroes through traditional ceremonial services. Visit www.nps.gov/vafo for more information.
|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 email@example.com.
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.