Voices of Valley Forge: Many Perspectives Creating Social History at Valley Forge National Historical Park
Returning for its second summer is the Voices of Valley Forge
series, with a new line-up of interactive performances. The Voices series is a public workshop which uncovers stories not often present in the traditional historical narrative through place-based workshops in literature, music, drama and art. All programs take place in the Education Center, located in the building next to the Visitor Center, with the exception of the July 31st 1 o'clock program which will take place in the Philander Chase Knox Estate.
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Thursday, June 26 | 1 PM – 3PM
Participants will learn about the history of Valley Forge and the daily life of the Continental Soldiers with Teacher- -Ranger-Teacher Eileen Hutchinson on an interpretive walk from the Education Center to the Muhlenberg Brigade Huts. At the huts Patrick Sullivan, NPS charcoal artist, will lead a charcoal sketching program to inspire creative writing.
Saturday, June 28 | 1 PM – 3 PM
Open Mic Poetry Day. The public is invited to observe or perform dramatic readings of original poetry inspired by Valley Forge history and beauty. Five Visa gift cards, provided by The Encampment Store, will be awarded as prizes.
Saturday, July 12 | 1 PM – 3 PM
Historical re-enactor and musician, Joe Becton, will use an array of techniques to illuminate the struggle for African inclusion in the Continental Army and General Washington's involvement in creating an all black regiment at Valley Forge.
Saturday, July 26 | 1 PM – 3 PM
Participants will experience three interpretive performances by West Chester Dance Works that are inspired by the history of Valley Forge. Phil Richard, a storyteller for Historic Philadelphia, Inc., will offer dramatic storytelling and a musical performance on his recorder.
Thursday, July 31 | 1 PM – 3 PM
Philander Chase Knox Estate
Educator, Frank Murphy will present little known stories of George Washington during the time of the Revolution. Murphy is a teacher, historian, and author of children's history book, George Washington and the General's Dog.
Parking and directions to the Estate.
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM | Education Center
Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Renee Jacobs will partner with the Chester County Library to host a discussion of Reading Olympics book, Chains, by Laurie Halse Anderson.
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Education Center
Educators come to learn about using park resources to empower teaching. Author Frank Murphy will share about his research and his writing as a children's book author.
Saturday, August 2 | 1 PM – 3 PM
1 PM - 2 PM
Educator, historian, and author of the children's book, Patriots of African Descent in the Revolutionary War, Marion T. Lane will share the story of her ancestor, Issac Brown, and his experience as a sergeant in General Washington's Continental Army at Valley Forge.
2 PM - 3 PM Cultural ambassador, choreographer & dancer, Mafalda Thomas-Bouzy, will lead an interactive session of dancing and drumming to demonstrate how the rich heritage of African storytelling, music, and song survived from one continent to another and became sources of strength and courage through the colonial, civil rights, and contemporary eras.
The Voices of Valley Forge program is made possible by contributions from the following sponsors: The Encampment Store, The Friends of Valley Forge Park, The Legacy of Love Foundation, Inc., the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Valley Forge Alumnae Chapter, and Historic Philadelphia Inc., Once Upon A Nation.