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Friends at Forty!

celebrating 40 years!

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
Advance tickets required. Tickets can be purchased online as of March 1, 2016.
Free Admission for Friends Members and WMC Heritage Donors.
Non-members: $20/person
Reporting the Revolutionary War

As the only mass media during the American Revolution, newspapers fanned the flames of rebellion, sustained loyalty to the cause and ultimately aided in the outcome. Dr. Benjamin Rush wrote in 1781 that a newspaper “in the present state of affairs would be equal to at least two regiments.” David Ramsay, who twice served as a delegate in the Continental Congress, wrote that “in establishing American independence, the pen and the press had merit equal to that of the sword.” This presentation explores eighteenth-century journalism, reportage of specific events and battles, and helps participants realize what many historians claim: Without newspapers, there would have been no American Revolution.

About the Speaker

Todd Andrlik

Todd Andrlik is the primary author and editor of Reporting the Revolutionary War: Before It Was History, It Was News (Sourcebooks, 2012), named one of the Best Books of 2012 by Barnes & Noble, and Best American Revolution Book of the Year by the New York American Revolution Round Table. Featuring hundreds of newspaper images and analysis from dozens of historians, Reporting the Revolutionary War is a one-of-a-kind single volume that lets readers experience the American Revolution the way the colonists did—as it unfolded in their very own town newspapers. “This is 'you are there' history at its best,” according to American History magazine. Andrlik is also founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Revolution, an online magazine with more than 100 writers and 185,000 monthly readers. The Journal also produces annual printed volumes of its most resourceful articles as well as a nonfiction book series dedicated to new research about the American Revolution. A full-time marketing and media professional, Andrlik has written or ghost-written thousands of published articles on various business topics. His history-related work has been featured by CNN, NPR, TIME, Mount Vernon, Smithsonian, and many others.

FREE ADMISSION for Friends of Valley Forge Park
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.

Click here to request your free ticket(s).

Click here to purchase tickets online using a credit card.

Click here to pay by mail using printable form.
Payments by mail must be received by 4/23/2016.

For more assistance or information call 610-783-1777


Art in the Park Series

Sunday, May 15 2–4 pm VFNHP Meeting Room Advance Registration Required
Washington’s Headquarters, by Lois Charles

Enjoy a fun step-by-step painting session with a “splash” of oral history as you learn how to paint Washington’s Headquarters. Five award-winning artists from the Montgomery County Guild of Professional Arts will guide you in creating your own masterpiece while also learning more about one of the most important historic icons at Valley Forge.

No painting experience necessary! Price includes all supplies, ice tea and cookies.

Members: $10  •  Non-members: $35  Join today!

For tickets and more information, click here.


Student Transportation Funds for Teachers

student transportation fund

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

muster roll

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.


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