The Friends Annual Reception is a terrific opportunity for the Friends to gather in fellowship and honor faithful members, dedicated volunteers and generous supporters. This intimate evening includes special entertainment, highlights of the past year’s achievements, light dinner and wine and/or beer bar. The event is complimentary to current members.
Non-members may attend for an additional cost ($25 per person).
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2014 Annual Reception
RSVP required by Monday, June 16 – email or phone 610-783-1777.
We are pleased to announce that the Annual Reception will coincide with the Annual Encampment of the Descendents of Washington’s Army and with the anniversary of the “March Out,” when General Washington’s Army left Valley Forge as a trained and cohesive force.
Descendents of Washington’s Army from around the country will be in Valley Forge for the entire weekend and will be honored at the Annual Reception.
In addition to lauding our wonderful supporters and the good work at Valley Forge, the Annual Reception will be positioned as a part of March Out Week, commemorated from Saturday, June 14 through Saturday, June 21, 2014, with weeklong events to engage and remind people about the important events that took place – and continue to take place – at Valley Forge.
Join us on the new veranda at the entrance to the Visitor Center. Throughout the evening, you’ll view renderings showcasing the new student pavilion, pedestrian bridge, and huts that will be constructed in the Park this year, and plans for the rehabilitation of the Fort Moore Redoubt to be constructed in the near future. Attendees will enjoy food and drink, chat with some of the living descendants of Washington’s Army, learn about the Friends accomplishments and hear of new happenings at the Park.
NEW! General Steuben Award
This year’s reception will introduce the Friends’ General Steuben Award, which will recognize an exceptional contributor from outside the Park staff and Friends’ Board who has made a tangible difference for the Park through volunteering, financial support, advocacy or other means.
General Steuben arrived at Valley Forge in 1778 with a desire to help and worked without pay to train the Continental Army into a competitive fighting force. In keeping with his legacy, the Steuben Award will be given annually to an individual or group who has made an extraordinary contribution to Valley Forge National Historical Park.
2012 Annual Reception Highlights
Celebrating Our Past... Looking to our Future
The 2012 Annual Reception, held on October 18th, had a record number of Friends and Partners in attendance. The evening began with greetings from Revolutionary War icon Private Joseph Plumb Martin and concluded with a special presentation recapping the Knox Covered Bridge Restoration Project. Presented by the Chief of Interpretation and Education, Rhonda Schier shared details and images of the restoration and the heartfelt and positive responses posted on Facebook from the online community who also value the bridge and adore its meaning.
Don Naimoli, Chairman of the Board, presented Nolan Painting a commemorative plaque to honor their hard work and generous donation that made the restoration project possible.
During the Annual Reception, the Friends announced the 2012 fundraising initiative which will assist the Park to rebuild one of the original redoubts, known as Ft. John Moore. Named for the farmer that owned the land, the deteriorating redoubt is currently located along Outer Line Drive near Muhlenberg Brigade. Fundraising efforts will help to restore the structure and develop it as an interpretive experience and educational site for 1.6 million individuals, families and school children that visit the Park annually.
Attendees also got the opportunity to view the redoubt diorama exhibit on display in the Visitor Center for the very first time. The diorama was built by a park volunteer about 30 years ago. It is the only visual representation of the type of earthen fortifications that the Continental Army built here in 1777 to fend off an attack from the British – a mere day’s march away.
Viewing of the redoubt diorama has been limited to the Education Center and is now fully accessible during Visitor Center hours. Please stop-by to view this new exhibit and learn about the construction of a Revolutionary War redoubt.