Forging Ahead with a New Executive Director
Dear Friends and Supporters,
It seems as though I’ve been preparing for this job my entire life.
Born at Quantico and raised in a military family, I grew up intimately aware of the sacrifices that America’s men and women in uniform have always made to protect our country.
It’s amazing how these early life experiences have been so formative on my personal volunteerism and advocacy among veterans’ initiatives and my professional work at the Freedoms Foundation and now the Friends.
As a member of the Friends of Valley Forge Park and the Advancement Committee, I’ve had the opportunity to see the workings of the park firsthand, and am awestruck by your devotion and enthusiasm.
Now I am proud to be the first Executive Director of the Friends of Valley Forge Park. And what an exhilarating time to join the amazing team! The Friends are coming off a string of accomplishments that have resulted in trail improvements, increased access to education, and a better park experience for all.
But we’re not about to rest on our laurels. Next year is the 40th anniversary of the Friends of Valley Forge Park and also Valley Forge as a National Historical Park, on top of the National Park Service’s centennial celebration. We have so much planned, and I can’t wait to celebrate this incredible year with you.
As you can see, we have a lot on our plate – and I couldn’t be more excited about it.
The Friends of Valley Forge Park is a dynamic and dedicated organization, and I have no doubt that together we will accomplish great things.
Thank you for coming along with me on this journey, and I look forward to traveling side by side with you.
Yours in service,
Missy Livingston Farkouh
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
|Melissa Farkouh||Executive Director|
|Bill Freilich||Vice President|
|John Blumberg||Graham Dellinger||Gary Dowdalls|
|Mimi Gleason||Anthony Jacobsen||Amy Johnson|
|Marion Lane||Nancy Loane||Bruce Mowday|
|Michael Roscoe||Kirsten Tallman||Terri Woodman McIntosh|