PRESS: The Alliance in the News
Valley Forge Park Alliance Seeks to Connect Local Community to the Park
04/19/2017 • Amanda Keith • publiclandsalliance.org
Valley Forge National Historical Park is historically significant as the site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of the Continental Army under General George Washington. Each year, it welcomes over two million visitors who enjoy visiting the historical buildings and learning the significance of this place in the Revolutionary War.
According to the park’s Friends group, however, visitors come to the park not just for the history but for the landscape.
“People love to come here because it’s a big, beautiful green space in the middle of sprawling suburbia,” said Molly Duffy, Executive Director for the Valley Forge Park Alliance. In addition to numerous historic sites, the 3,500 acre park has forests, wetlands, tall-grass meadows, open fields and 26 miles of hike and bike trails.
The park also sits close to major highways, such as the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and near crossroads that serve a large commuter population. In addition, the surrounding area includes a plethora of apartments, shopping centers and corporate headquarters.
Welcome Molly Duffy
After almost 3 years as volunteer and committee member with the Valley Forge Park Alliance, and serving as Executive Director in the last year, Missy Farkouh and her family have relocated back to Chapel Hill, NC.
During her relatively short tenure, Missy set some aggressive directions and goals for all of us. "Dream big and settle if you have to" she often said to me as she set out to initiate numerous partnerships, thus extending the virtual boundaries of the park.
In moving forward, it remains for us to work toward the completion of her vision of a true Valley Forge Park Alliance. To that end, the Board of Directors of the Alliance has approved the appointment of Molly Duffy as its new Executive Director. Molly is a long-time resident of the area and has a great appreciation for the Park and all that it means to our citizens, locally as well as nationally.
Molly earned a B.A. from Villanova University and a J. D. from the T C Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. She licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Her fields of specialty are environmental, municipal, non-profit and open space preservation law.
Look for Molly in the park and please join me in welcoming her to the Valley Forge Park Alliance.
Don R Naimoli
Forging Ahead with Our Mission
In 1976, The Friends of Valley Forge Park were founded to preserve our shared history – and our Park – for every generation of Americans to come. Since then, national parks have come to rely even more on their private sector partners and Valley Forge is no exception. Our mission has expanded and funding needs for the Park have increased. Here are a few of the amazing projects that are underway or anticipated shortly.
Challenging – yes. Daunting – no, given our past success and the help of gracious supporters like you. Whether as an advocate, volunteer, leader, or financial supporter, please join us in making history happen for the next forty years.
- Provide summer educational internships to support the Friends and the Park.
- Transport K-12 students from underserved schools to experience Valley Forge.
- Bring in renowned writers, academics, and performers to inform and inspire history buffs and curious newcomers, as part of the successful Speaker Series.
- Meet with school superintendents and township officials to connect VFNHP to its community.
- Work with local congressmen to secure $140,000 for Park trails from Federal Highway Fund and $1.4 million to begin planning for the renovation of the current Visitor Center.
- Work with the National Parks Conservation Association and National Park Foundation as allies in advocating for national parks.
- Continue to build a strong base of over 2,000 members and supporters that join with us as the voice for the Park.
- Raise matching funds to produce an 8–10 minute visitor orientation movie, replacing the 1970’s era film and providing digital content for online outreach.
- Raise matching funds to fabricate and install new exhibits in the Visitor Center that will offer visitors new and more engaging ways to experience and understand the Valley Forge story.
- With design underway, raise funds to build an interpretive kiosk along the walk between the main parking lot and the Visitor Center to introduce visitors to the importance of Valley Forge from the first moments of their arrival.
The Friends of Valley Forge Park was chartered on January 26, 1976 and endorsed by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission on February 18, 1976. The Friends of Valley Forge Park is a tax exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are tax-deductible as provided by law. For additional information call 610-783-1777.
Board Of Directors
|Molly F. Duffy||Executive Director|
|Mimi Gleason||Vice Chair|
|John Blumberg||Anthony Jacobsen||Amy Johnson|
|Nancy Loane||Bruce Mowday||Barb Pollarine|
|Michael Roscoe||Kirsten Tallman||Terri Woodman McIntosh|