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Statement from Valley Forge National Historical Park

Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, the National Park Service is unable to fully staff the properties under its management, including Valley Forge National Historical Park. All park buildings, including the Visitor Center and all restrooms, will be closed.

Park grounds, roads, trails and parking areas will remain open to the public. Park gates will be opened and closed at their normal times. State roadways (PA Rt. 23, Rt. 252 and Gulph Rd) and The Schuylkill River Trail will remain open through the park.

The National Park Service will not operate Valley Forge during the shutdown period, and no visitor services will be provided. Visitors should dial 911 in the event of an emergency. For more information visit nps.gov/vafo.

Your Oasis. Your History. Our Mission.

Washington’s Headquarters in Winter

Foresight has preserved and protected the Valley Forge legacy for over two hundred years, starting in 1877 when Anna Morris Holstein and the Valley Forge Centennial Memorial Association raised the money to purchase and preserve General Washington’s Headquarters at Valley Forge. Today, the Valley Forge Park Alliance continues the foresight and work of its founders. We are the stewards of the past and advocates for the future.

Our mission is to inspire appreciation of and support for Valley Forge National Historical Park. Please support our mission by joining as a member, making a contribution, or becoming a volunteer.

Alliance 2017 Annual Report

We are excited to share the 2017 Annual Report. The report demonstrates the impact of your support and showcases the “Alliance in Action” thanks to the efforts of volunteers, members and donors like you! As a first-of-its-kind effort, we hope you will enjoy learning more about the Alliance and take pride in your role and contributions to our accomplishments and success.

Speaker Series

Tuesday, May 1 7 pm SPECIAL LOCATION: Park Theater Advance tickets required
Enjoy dinner at The Tavern at Valley Forge before the show – 20% discount for members!
sponsored by Sponsored by The Sherrin H. and Bruce A. Baky Foundation Sponsored by Malvern Federal Savings Bank
An Evening with Baron Steuben
as interpreted by Bill Troppman

To those who have an interest in studying the American Revolution, General Freidrich von Steuben is remembered as the Drillmaster of the Continental Army. Many of us have read of the former Prussian Captain, who takes a “rag-tag group of thoroughly untrained American militia, and within four months, turns them into a formidable regular, well-trained army”.

As with many myths of the American Revolution, there is an element of truth in our general understanding of Steuben’s real contributions to the cause of American victory. Join with Ranger Bill Troppman for a unique, ‘first-person,’ portrayal of Steuben during his final years, as he looks back over his years of service to America.

About the Speaker

Ranger Bill Troppman

Bill Troppman is a native of the Pittsburgh area. As a boy Bill developed a strong interest in history: initially with the era of the French and Indian War and the American Revolution, and not long thereafter, the American Civil War. Relatives and family friends always knew that for birthday and Christmas gifts, Bill presented his current book gift-list.

After completing his undergraduate studies in history at Monmouth College (now University) in New Jersey, Bill moved to Delaware County, where he taught U.S. History for ten years to middle and high school students.

Since 1990 Bill has worked with the National Park Service in the division of interpretation; first, at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, and for the last twenty-four years at Valley Forge National Historical Park. For three years Bill was also on the faculty of the Valley Forge Military Academy College, teaching U.S. History.

Besides presenting education programs at the park, Bill is the Valley Forge liaison for U.S. military staff rides. When time permits, he speaks to local historical societies in the area, and occasionally beyond the immediate area, including at the Fort Ticonderoga Revolutionary War Symposium and French and Indian War College, Fort Stanwix National Historic Site in Rome New York, the Sons of the American Revolution in Princeton, New Jersey, the Society of the Cincinnati in Philadelphia, and the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, in Alexandria, Virginia.

Bill and his wife Karen live in Delaware County. Their son lives in the area and their daughter and son-in-law reside in Charleston, South Carolina.

Alliance Members and Washington Memorial Heritage Donors:
Free with advance registration*

Non-members: $20 per ticket

* Young Friend or Individual member – 1 free ticket
* Family membership or higher – 2 free tickets

Click here to reserve or purchase your tickets.

Trail Tuesdays: Weekly Walks in the Park!

Tuesdays 10 am – 11 am walk starts at Alliance table in Visitor Center lower lot Free Event
Grab lunch at The Tavern at Valley Forge after your walk – 20% discount for members!
trail tuesdays

Join us for Trail Tuesdays as we walk, talk, get healthy, and be happy! Walk is for all fitness levels. Dogs and strollers welcome. In case of inclement weather, the walk will be canceled. Contact Molly Duffy for any questions at molly@vfparkalliance.org or call 484-886-5853.

Upcoming Topics

May 1 Deirdre Gibson, Chief of Planning and Resource Management for VFNHP explains the meadow and other natural features that we walk past each week.
May 8 Dr. William Duffy • The Benefits of a Plant-based Diet
May 15 Mary Ellen Heisey, avid birder and guide for bird walks in the park will discuss birds that live in VFNHP.
May 29 VFNHP Superintendent Steve Sims • Update on Park News and Happenings.
June 5 Gretchen Skwer, Paoli Hospital • Walk with a Nutritionist

Email info@vfparkalliance.org to add your name to our walkers list so that we can keep you informed about upcoming walks, schedule changes, and cancellations due to weather.

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