The Friends of Valley Forge is now the
Valley Forge Park Alliance
In 1976, Valley Forge became a national park and a group of visionary citizens united as “Friends” to support it. Over 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.
Our mission is 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. We welcome you to join the Alliance and help us to support and preserve Valley Forge National Historical Park!
|Saturdays, March 4 10 am – 3:30 pm||Muhlenberg Brigade|
|Demonstrations occur at 12, 1:30 and 3 pm|
Get vivid look at the soldiers of the American Revolution at Valley Forge through the rattle of musketry, thunder of cannons, and the sounds of fife and drum when the Second Pennsylvania Regiment returns to Valley Forge National Historical Park on Saturday, March 4th.
Second Pennsylvania Regiment is a colorful and true recreation of an actual patriot military unit that encamped at Valley Forge. Founded in 1966, the non-profit educational organization is made up of history buffs from five states who have dedicated themselves to show the true appearance and tactics of the 18th Century soldier. read more
|Tuesday, March 7 7 pm Washington Memorial Chapel||Free Event|
The Soldiers Behind the Photographs
During a Civil War that threatened to tear the United States apart came the realization that only a handful of veterans of the American Revolution still survived. Six of these men were photographed and interviewed for a book that appeared late in 1864, and their images have captivated generations since. Through a combination of faded memories and the interviewer’s patriotic agenda, however, the biographies accompanying these amazing photographs were garbled and distorted, containing information that ranged from inaccurate to implausible. Now, for the first time, using a wide range of primary sources, Don Hagist has researched the military careers of these men in detail. The result is a new perspective on the actual service of these six soldiers, from enlistment to discharge, along with new details of their relatively quiet post-war lives.
About the Speaker
Don N. Hagist, editor of Journal of the American Revolution, is an independent researcher specializing in the demographics and material culture of the British Army in the American Revolution. He maintains a blog about British common soldiers and has published a number of articles in academic journals. His books include The Revolution’s Last Men: the Soldiers Behind the Photographs (Westholme Publishing, 2015), British Soldiers, American War (Westholme Publishing, 2012), A British Soldier’s Story: Roger Lamb’s Narrative of the American Revolution (Ballindalloch Press, 2004), General Orders: Rhode Island (Heritage Books, 2001) and Wenches, Wives and Servant Girls (Ballindalloch Press, 2008). Don works as an engineering consultant in Rhode Island and also writes for several well-known syndicated and freelance cartoonists.
|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.
Join the Continental Army
|First Saturdays, January – April 11 am||10:45 registration in Visitor Center|
|Upcoming Session: Saturday, March 4||Free Event|
Children are invited to “Join the Continental Army” and experience a day in the life of a continental soldier. Using wooden (dummy) muskets, the new recruits learn how to stand, march, and carry their musket as one of Washington’s soldiers. Attendees are encouraged to participate in a 4-part series offered on Saturdays from January – April to advance in skills and be promoted within the ranks of the Continental Army. Topics covered will differ and build upon the previous sessions.
Children who cannot participate in the Join the Continental Army program are welcome to participate in Army Essentials which will be held on each of the four Saturdays and will teach the basic drills and commands of the Continental Army.
For additional questions: Visit go.nps.gov/JointheContinentalArmy or call Michael DiPaolo at 610-783-1037.
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
Fort John Moore Redoubt Opens
The March-In of the Continental Army annual event on Monday, December 19, 2016 commemorated the 239th anniversary of the December 19, 1777 “march in” of General George Washington’s Continental Army to Valley Forge. The anniversary event also celebrated the opening of the newly rehabilitated Fort John Moore/Redoubt #2. Situated in its original location, the earthen fortress will allow visitors to experience this important military installation used by Washington’s army during the encampment. 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.