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Our mission 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.

The Friends accomplishes its work by advocating and raising funds for the Park, developing and offering programs that educate the public and enhance their experiences, and volunteering in support of Park programs and projects.


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Activities include:

  • Sponsoring a variety of educational programs including an annual speaker series; programs in local schools; and cell phone tour available 365 days a year.
  • Supporting Park special events such as the annual commem­oration of the December March In of the Continental Army, Washington’s Birthday commemoration, July 4th Picnic in the Park Celebration and the annual Veterans Day ceremony.
  • Sponsoring and volunteering for the annual 5 Mile Revolutionary Run from which proceeds benefit park trails and visitor facilities.
  • Advocating for the preservation and protection of Valley Forge National Historical Park and all national parks.
  • Directing support for Park initiatives and projects that enhance experiences for visitors including funding for the exhibits in the restored Valley Forge train station; and connecting the network of trails throughout the Park plus other natural and cultural resource projects.

Currently, over 1,700 members and donors plus active volunteers serve as passionate champions for the Park and its many services and programs. We believe and support that Valley Forge is and must continue to be:

  • A place where citizens understand, care for, and preserve their history and natural heritage
  • A place where life-long learning is compelling
  • A place that is a vital and valued part of the community

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

Don Naimoli   Chair
Robert H. Knauss   1st Vice Chairman
Gerald McNeff   2nd Vice Chairman
Anne Kelly   Treasurer
John Blumberg   Secretary
Paul R. Decker Graham Dellinger Bill Freilich
Mimi Gleason Lon Homeier Marion Lane
Nancy Loane Michael Roscoe Carole Rubley
Scott Sibley Kirsten Tallman Diane Ward