Valley Forge National Park
Pennsylvania created the Valley Forge State Park on 30 May 1893. It remained a state institution until the mid‐1970s, when individuals and citizens' groups, fearing deterioration, urged its transfer to the U.S. Park Service. This was accomplished when President Gerald Ford signed the legislation creating Valley Forge National Historical Park on 4 July 1976, emphasizing the site's mythic character by making it a focus for bicentennial observances. With the new focus on social history, Park Service interpreters now treat the site less as a shrine to democracy than as a venue for describing the daily life of Revolutionary‐era soldiers to the approximately 4 million people who visit the park annually.
[See also Revolutionary War: Military and Diplomatic Course.]
Lorett Treese , Valley Forge: Making and Remaking a National Symbol, 1995.
Thomas A. Thomas
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