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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

Updated 2 months ago

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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
4 mins
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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
3 mins
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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
2 mins
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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
2 mins
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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
7 mins
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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
7 mins
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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
2 mins
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