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Friends Accomplishments

memorial arch

In the 1870s, a concerned group of citizens convened to preserve and protect Valley Forge. Because of their foresight and work, Valley Forge continues to inspire and interpret the values of freedom and commemorate the men and women who died on the site during America’s War for Independence. The Friends remain committed to continuing this important tradition as partners and volunteers in the shared citizen stewardship of Valley Forge National Historical Park.

We invite you to join us to ensure the Park as a beautiful place of inspiration, refuge, commemoration and pleasure for generations to come.

What Do Friends Do?

SPONSORSHIP & FUNDING

revolutionary run

Donated over $50,000 for park-wide trail work facilitating a congressional matching grant through the NPS Centennial Challenge Program.

Sponsor of the Valley Forge Convention and Visitor Bureau’s 5-Mile Revolutionary Run, held annually in the Park, generating over $187,000 for Park-wide projects over the past eight years.

Provided $50,000 for the multimedia production and exhibits at the Valley Forge train station located adjacent to Washington’s Headquarters.


new trail map

Provided over $10,000 for newly revised trail map for visitors to navigate, explore and enjoy the Park.

Sponsor Valley Forge National Historical Park Cell Phone Tour allowing visitors to discover the Park’s many stories 24/7 from the convenience of their cell phone.

Provided leadership and funding for a new Muster Roll website allowing online visitors to learn about and search for the soldiers and officers present at the Valley Forge encampment.

FUNDRAISING

Business Membership

Launched new Business Membership generating support from local and regional businesses.

Initiated offering of Muster Roll Certificates recognizing our patriotic ancestors.

Secured $15,000 in corporate funding to underwrite park-wide summer programming and participate in Wreaths Across America.

Initiated Shelter Our History — a $60,000 capital campaign to build a much needed open-air pavilion in the Park that will accommodate visitors and provide outdoor classroom space.

Generated $62,000 from corporate and private sources for Save America’s Treasures Match Grant to restore and conserve 18th Century documents and manuscripts from the American Revolution.

Initiated first-of-its-kind national fundraising campaign in partnership with Thomas Fleming, prize-winning author and historian and former President of the Society of American Historians, generating over 400 supporters nationwide to the cause of ensuring the pivotal events that took place at Valley Forge during the winter of 1777-78 are forever protected, preserved and promoted at Valley Forge National Historical Park.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

Speaker Series

Presented Friends Speaker Series, now in its fifth year, featuring a wide range of speakers and topics related to the American Revolution, history, the natural world and the ongoing commemoration of Valley Forge.

Presented summer Lunch and Learn series for visitors at the Park.

muhlenberg days

Initiated Muhlenberg Days to bring the replicated huts at the Brigade to life through costumed re-enactors, cooking, weaving, and interactive activities to entertain and educated people of all ages.

Initiated Home School Day at the Park serving over 900 students and parents in its inaugural year.

PARTNERSHIPS

Visitor Center improvements

Facilitated improvements to the Visitor Center in cooperation with the Valley Forge Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and The Encampment Store.

Merged with the Valley Forge Interpretive Association which provides programming in the Park and outreach activities at local schools.

Merged with the Valley Forge Historical Society and now serves as steward of the Valley Forge Historical Society archives.

Established a new association with The Museum of the American Revolution and coordinated the temporary exhibition of William Trego’s painting, The March to Valley Forge in the Visitor Center.

VOLUNTEER

trail clean-up and young friends

Provided over 6,000 hours of volunteer time to support trail work, provide visitor programs and assist with maintenance resource management projects.

Developed the Young Friends, a new group of volunteers aged 21 to 40, who implement park-wide work projects, organize social activities and provide leadership for the 1-mile Youth Fun Run that has engaged over 400 youth in the past five years.

Provided ongoing volunteer hours to research and authenticate new inquiries to the Muster Roll plus update and maintain the website, which has received over 300,000 visits since 2011.

Working with the King of Prussia Chapter of the Lockheed Martin Network of Volunteer Associates (NOVA), provided over 200 hours to restore and repair the beloved huts of Valley Forge from the damage of time, weather and insects.

ADVOCACY & COMMUNITY VOICE FOR THE PARK

farmer's market

Provide advocacy and support for the Park to Federal, State and local officials.

Create a presence at local events, festivals and farmer’s markets to promote Park activities and the importance of supporting Valley Forge National Historical Park.

covered bridge

Work with our local congressmen to secure $140,000 for Park trails from Federal Highway Fund and $1.4 million to begin the process of renovating and expanding the current Visitor Center.

Work with state officials and private companies to repair, renovate and paint the iconic Covered Bridge in the Park.

Work with the National Parks Conservation Association which advocates for national parks by promoting awareness of their importance and preservation and building support for their vital care.