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sponsored by Sponsored by The Sherrin H. and Bruce A. Baky Foundation Sponsored by Malvern Federal Savings Bank

As part of the Alliance’s mission to provide interesting and compelling programming for the public, the annual Speaker Series is held in cooperation with the Washington Memorial Chapel. This series, which runs from September through May, gathers an array of historians, scientists, authors, archeologists, actors and performers to share with the public their multiple points of view on history, the natural world and the ongoing commemoration of Valley Forge.

September to April presentations are free and held at Washington Memorial Chapel, on Route 23 in Valley Forge, on Tuesdays at 7 pm. The May presentation will be held in the theater at Valley Forge. A complimentary reception follows each talk.

For directions to the Chapel, visit

May 9, 2017
SPECIAL LOCATION: Park Theater • Tickets required
George and Martha Washington, “In Perfect Felicity”

What makes a good marriage? Washington’s own advice on love and marriage echoes through the words of our First Couple as they share the story of their courtship, former loves, the trials of the War for Independence, and the tribulations of the Presidency upon their 40-year marriage.

About the Performers

Carol Spacht and John Lopes as Martha and George Washington

Carol Spacht performs extensively in the Philadelphia region, presenting hundreds of interactive programs to schools, libraries and civic organizations. She studied theatre at Villanova University and graduated with highest honors from Eastern University with degrees in Literature and Theatre Arts. An author of original scripts and scholarly papers, she also completed a commissioned project culminating in the publication of Whitpaine’s Creek, a book on early Pennsylvania history.

As an historic interpreter, Carol portrays several women from history, including Martha Washington for Valley Forge National Park, the Smithsonian Institution and others. She appears regularly as Betsy Ross, our nation’s premier flag maker, and has extensive knowledge of hand-sewing techniques, textiles, and the trade of the upholsterer in the eighteenth century. Students of all ages enjoy the educational and interactive “Tree to Lumber” tours on forestry and the Pennsylvania lumber trade led by Carol, an engaging and delightful storyteller, and her husband, Dave at Spacht Sawmill in Worcester, Pennsylvania.

John Lopes has been acting in California and then in Philadelphia since 1990. With a BA in English from California State and an MFA in Acting from Temple University, Mr. Lopes is a well-trained theater artist. John’s acting experience includes performances with Hunger Theater, Arcadia Shakespeare Festival, Lantern Theater, Commonwealth Classic Theater and productions by the Walnut Street Theater. Winner of the Irene Ryan Award, John is an adjunct professor at Temple University.

Performing as part of the American Historical Theater since 2007, Mr. Lopes can ride, dance the minuet and fence, all talents he brings as part of his interpretation of George Washington. John has appeared in venues that include the Templeton Foundation at Princeton, New Jersey; Federal Hall in New York; Washington Crossing National Park and Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge in Pennsylvania.

FREE ADMISSION for Alliance and Washington Memorial Heritage members

INDIVIDUAL membership – free admission for 1 person
FAMILY and higher levels – free admission for 2 persons

JOIN TODAY and attend for free!

Non-Members and additional tickets: $20 per person

Based on theater capacity, tickets must be acquired in advance.

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Payments by mail must be received by 4/24/2017.

For more assistance or information call 610-783-1777

Lunch and Learn Summer Speaker Series

The Lunch and Learn series highlights some of the park’s most interesting and significant stories over the lunch hour. All ages are welcome. Bring your own brown bag lunch and we’ll provide the lemonade.

Lunch and Learn programs are free, open to the public, and take place on Wednesdays from noon to 1 pm in the Meeting Room at Valley Forge National Historic Park.

June 21
Bill Troppman
It was more complicated than that!
June 28
Jonathan Parker
Exploring the Origins of the National Park Idea and
Understanding the National Park Service Organic Act
July 12
Bruce Hustis
Creating the Declaration of Independence
A Risk of Lives, Fortunes and Honor
July 19
Paulette Mark
So, Did the Soldiers Camp Anyplace Else but Valley Forge?
July 26
Tom McNichol
The Evolution of the Flag