Friends at Forty!
The Friends of Valley Forge
This year marks a special anniversary for us – in 1976, Valley Forge became a national park and a group of visionary citizens united as “Friends” to support it. Forty years later, we’re still growing and accomplishing great things for Valley Forge Park. As the year continues, we’ll have some announcements about changes that will help to continue our growth through the 21st century!
Our Mission: The Friends’ work 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.
Friends Speaker Series
|Tuesday, May 3 7 pm||Special Location: Park Theater|
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Memorial Day Weekend
Carillon Concert at the
Washington Memorial Chapel
Monday, May 30 • 2–3 pm
Bring blankets or chairs • Free Event
Enjoy the Army Brass Band and outdoor carillon concert including John Courter’s “In Memoriam,” written for the victims of the 9/11 attacks. Special speakers include Gold Star Mother Mary MacFarland who honors the sacrifices of her son Sgt. Marc J. Small deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in January 2009.
12:00 pm • Memorial service inside the Washington Memorial Chapel. Space is limited.
12:30 pm • Wreath Laying at the “Sacrifice and Devotion” statue located in the cloister. Music by the Army Field Band Woodwind Quintet.
1:00 pm • Sounding of “Taps” and conclusion of the service.
In Remembrance Cell Phone Audio Tour
Beginning Memorial Day weekend, Valley Forge National Park’s popular cell phone tour will feature a new series of stories surrounding the concept of freedom and the sacrifices paid by those who protect it. To listen to the five-part commemorative audio tour, dial 484-396-1018 and select prompts 101–105.
|Friday, June 17 6:30 – 8:30 pm Pavilion & Mini Parade||RSVP Required by 6/12/16|
Join us as we honor the past, celebrate the present, and prepare for the future! This sunset celebration is an evening of fellowship, learning, and fun, including:
An evening with George Washington, as interpreted by Dean Malissa, well-known for his portrayal of the General in film, TV, and on stage.
Presentation of the 2016 General Steuben Award to PECO.
Updates on Friends and Park happenings including the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016.
Arrival of the Descendants of Washington’s Army at Valley Forge from around the country commemmorating the March-Out of Valley Forge on June 19, 1778.
Evening includes a light meal courtesy of the Black Powder Tavern, plus wine bar or choice of beverage.
To purchase tickets or reserve your free tickets click here.
|Saturday, June 4 8 am – noon||Wayne’s Woods|
Celebrate America’s magnificent trail system. Visit the Trails Expo featuring various interactive activity stations and join Park rangers, volunteers, and REI staff on guided hikes throughout the morning. To reserve your spot, pre-register below. read more
1.5 miles • Easy • 7:15 – 8:15 am
Historical Significance of Valley Forge
2 miles • Moderate • 8:30 am & 10:30 am
Join a National Park Service Ranger on a guided hike off the beaten path through the heart of Valley forge National Historical Park.
Pre-register for the History Hike
2.25 miles • Moderate/Difficult • 8:30 am & 10:30 am
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.