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Valley Forge History & Culture

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Valley Forge National Historical Park commemorates more than the sacrifices and perseverance of the Revolutionary War generation -- it honors the ability of citizens and their leaders to pull together and overcome adversity during extraordinary times.

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Valley Forge National Historical Park commemorates more than the sacrifices and perseverance of the Revolutionary War generation -- it honors the ability of citizens and their leaders to pull together and overcome adversity during extraordinary times.

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Valley Forge History & Culture

Latest release on May 05, 2009

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Valley Forge National Historical Park commemorates more than the sacrifices and perseverance of the Revolutionary War generation -- it honors the ability of citizens and their leaders to pull together and overcome adversity during extraordinary times.

Rank #1: A Portrait of the American Revolution: Supporting and Antagonizing the Soldiers

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In the Revolution, the soldiers were only a small part of the entire experience. People supported the army through making things, and helping the soldiers both personally and professionally, as well as hindering them. Listen as Quinn Kess, an SCA intern at Valley Forge National Historical Park talks about these various groups at a campfire program.

Oct 09 2007

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Rank #2: Henry Knox and Knox's Quarters

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Listen to Park Ranger Bill Lange discuss Henry Knox and Artillery. Hear how General Knox learned about artillery and gained the support of General Washington and Congress. Download this file and listen at Knox's Quarters near the Covered Bridge.

Sep 10 2007

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Rank #3: French Alliance Celebrations

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Watch as members of the Oneida Indian Nation demonstate the firing procedures of an artillery piece. The firing demonstration took place on May 6, 2007, the 229th anniversary of French Alliance Celebrations at Valley Forge. May 6, 1778 the Continental Army learned of the newly signed alliance France. Download the attached PDF document to learn more

May 15 2007

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Rank #4: French Alliance Celebrations: PDF

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Companion document to the Artillery Firing Demonstration explaining why French Alliance was so important to the Continental Army and how the army celebrated the day.

May 15 2007

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Rank #5: It was a Continual Drill...Training the troops at Valley Forge

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Valley Forge National Historical Park Collections Curator Scott Houting discusses the drilling the training of soldiers at Valley Forge. A copy of the original 1779 drill manual is currently on display in the Welcome Center at Valley Forge. This temporary exhibit highlights the efforts of General von Steuben and the Continental Officers in creating a better trained, disciplined, effective fighting force. Bring this podcast with you and listen as you visit the Welcome Center.

Apr 13 2007

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Rank #6: Muhlenberg Brigade Cabins Slideshow

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Listen to Park Ranger Marc Brier explain the cabins at Muhlenberg's Brigade. These reconstructed soldier cabins are on the site of an original brigade camp. Photos have been included to help explain the site. Bring this podcast with you and listen as you visit tour stop #2.

Feb 09 2007

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Rank #7: Valley Forge: A Winter Encampment Intro

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View the first three minutes of our introductory film Valley Forge: A Winter Encampment

Feb 09 2007

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Rank #8: Valley Forge: A Winter Encampment Part Three

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View the part three of our introductory film Valley Forge: A Winter Encampment

Feb 09 2007

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Rank #9: Valley Forge: A Winter Encampment Part Two

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View the part two of our introductory film Valley Forge: A Winter Encampment

Feb 09 2007

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Rank #10: Daniel Morgan and the Riflemen

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Daniel Morgan and the Riflemen: Park Intern Jason Collins tells the story of how Daniel Morgan and his riflemen played a key role in several decisive battle of the American Revolution. Bring this podcast with you and listen as you visit the General Anthony Wayne Statue at tour stop #4.

Jan 29 2007

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Musket Firing Demonstration

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Watch park rangers demonstrate the firing commands of a blackpowder flintlock musket. These are the training and combat commands as developed by General von Steuben at Valley Forge. The first firing uses the training commands and the second shot is based on the combat commands. This is a re-shoot and update of the earlier posted musket demonstrations.

May 05 2009

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General von Steuben: The Making of an American Army

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Listen as park archivist Dona McDermott talks about the contributions of General von Steuben, using photos from the collection of Valley Forge National Historical Park.

Oct 07 2008

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Campfire Program: Timothy Murphy

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Park Ranger Peter Maugle tells the story of Rifleman Timothy Murphy at a campfire program. Watch the campfire and listen as Ranger Maugle tells the story of Timothy Murphy's exploits during the Revolutionary War. Murphy, a rifleman, spent several years in the Continental Army and was invloved in some of the major battles of the war. Learn more about one the heroes of the revolution that many people have forgotten.

Nov 05 2007

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Valley Forge Fortificatons: Redoubts

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Park Ranger Peter Maugle discusses the use of earthern forts known as redoubts. Hear how redoubts were constructed and used by the Continental Army at Valley Forge. Learn how the design and placement of the redoubts assist in the defense of the encampment. Download this program and bring it with you on your visit to Valley Forge and listen at Redoubt #3 (Tour Stop 7).

Nov 01 2007

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Valley Forge Topography

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Natural Resource Manager Kris Heister explains how the natural resources and terrain of Valley Forge offer significant military advantages. General Washington and the Continental Army used these advantages to help protect and supply the encampment. Listen and watch at home or download this program and listen at tour stop #2 (Muhlenberg Brigade) in Valley Forge National Historical Park.

Oct 24 2007

1min

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A Portrait of the American Revolution: Supporting and Antagonizing the Soldiers

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In the Revolution, the soldiers were only a small part of the entire experience. People supported the army through making things, and helping the soldiers both personally and professionally, as well as hindering them. Listen as Quinn Kess, an SCA intern at Valley Forge National Historical Park talks about these various groups at a campfire program.

Oct 09 2007

20mins

Play

Henry Knox and Knox's Quarters

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Listen to Park Ranger Bill Lange discuss Henry Knox and Artillery. Hear how General Knox learned about artillery and gained the support of General Washington and Congress. Download this file and listen at Knox's Quarters near the Covered Bridge.

Sep 10 2007

2mins

Play

French Alliance Celebrations: PDF

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Companion document to the Artillery Firing Demonstration explaining why French Alliance was so important to the Continental Army and how the army celebrated the day.

May 15 2007

Play

French Alliance Celebrations

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Watch as members of the Oneida Indian Nation demonstate the firing procedures of an artillery piece. The firing demonstration took place on May 6, 2007, the 229th anniversary of French Alliance Celebrations at Valley Forge. May 6, 1778 the Continental Army learned of the newly signed alliance France. Download the attached PDF document to learn more

May 15 2007

4mins

Play

It was a Continual Drill...Training the troops at Valley Forge

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Valley Forge National Historical Park Collections Curator Scott Houting discusses the drilling the training of soldiers at Valley Forge. A copy of the original 1779 drill manual is currently on display in the Welcome Center at Valley Forge. This temporary exhibit highlights the efforts of General von Steuben and the Continental Officers in creating a better trained, disciplined, effective fighting force. Bring this podcast with you and listen as you visit the Welcome Center.

Apr 13 2007

3mins

Play

Muhlenberg Brigade Cabins Slideshow

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Listen to Park Ranger Marc Brier explain the cabins at Muhlenberg's Brigade. These reconstructed soldier cabins are on the site of an original brigade camp. Photos have been included to help explain the site. Bring this podcast with you and listen as you visit tour stop #2.

Feb 09 2007

2mins

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Valley Forge: A Winter Encampment Part Two

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View the part two of our introductory film Valley Forge: A Winter Encampment

Feb 09 2007

7mins

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Valley Forge: A Winter Encampment Intro

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View the first three minutes of our introductory film Valley Forge: A Winter Encampment

Feb 09 2007

2mins

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Valley Forge: A Winter Encampment Part Three

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View the part three of our introductory film Valley Forge: A Winter Encampment

Feb 09 2007

7mins

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General Washington's Headquarters

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Author Thomas Fleming discusses how General George Washington reacted those who criticized his leadership while the army was at Valley Forge.Bring this program with you on your visit to Valley Forge National Historical Park. Listen to this program as you visit General Washington's Headquarters at tour stop #5.

Jan 29 2007

3mins

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Daniel Morgan and the Riflemen

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Daniel Morgan and the Riflemen: Park Intern Jason Collins tells the story of how Daniel Morgan and his riflemen played a key role in several decisive battle of the American Revolution. Bring this podcast with you and listen as you visit the General Anthony Wayne Statue at tour stop #4.

Jan 29 2007

2mins

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Oneida Indian Nation

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Listen to a member of the Oneida Indian Nation discuss the role of Native Americans in the Revolutionary War, and how these Native Americans served at Valley Forge. Bring this podcast with you and listen as you visit the Muhlenberg Brigade Cabins at tour stop #2.

Jan 29 2007

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Muhlenberg Brigade Cabins

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Listen to Park Ranger Marc Brier explain the cabins at Muhlenberg's Brigade (Tour Stop #2). These reconstructed soldier cabins are on the site of an original brigade camp.

Jan 29 2007

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Hannah Till

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Did you ever wonder what it was like to travel with George Washington during the war? Listen to Hannah, an enslaved African American who cooked for General Washington, describe the life you would be expected to live as a member of the general's household at Valley Forge. Presented by Park Ranger Ajena Rogers. Bring this podcast with you and listen as you visit General Washington's Headquarters at tour stop #5.

Jan 29 2007

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