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Valley Forge: Making and Remaking a National Symbol

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More than four million people a year visit Valley Forge, one of America's most celebrated historic sites. Here, amid the rolling hills of southeastern Pennsylvania, visitors can pass through the house which served as Washington's Headquarters during the famous winter encampment of 1777–1778. Others picnic and jog in the huge park, complete with monuments, recreated log huts, and modern visitor center, all built to pay tribute to the Valley Forge story.

In this lively book, Lorett Treese shows how Valley Forge evolved into the tourist mecca that it is today. In the process, she uses Valley Forge as a means for understanding how Americans view their own past. Treese explores the origins of popular images associated with Valley Forge, such as George Washington kneeling in the snow to seek divine assistance. She places Valley Forge in the context of the historic preservation movement as the site became Pennsylvania's first state park in 1893. She studies its "Era of Monuments" and the movement to "restore" Valley Forge in the spirit of Rockefeller's enormously popular colonial Williamsburg.

Treese describes a Valley Forge fraught with controversy over the appropriate appearance and use of a place so revered. One such controversy, the "hot dog war," a brief but intense battle over concession stands, was spawned by Americans' changing perceptions of how a national park was to be used. The volatile Vietnam era prompted the state park commission to establish its "Subcommittee on Sex, Hippies, and Whiskey Swillers" to investigate park regulation infractions. Even today, people differ over exactly what happened at Valley Forge during the winter of 1777–1778. The modern visitor sees the remains of over a century of commemoration, competition, and contention. The result, Treese shows, is a historic site that may reveal more about succeeding history than about Washington's army. This book will give its readers a new way to look at Valley Forge—and all historic sites.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [255]-262) and index.

About the Author

Lorett Treese is the College Archivist at Bryn Mawr College. She is the author of The Storm Gathering: The Penn Family and the American Revolution (Penn State, 1992).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780271014036
Author:
Treese, Lorett
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Location:
University Park, Pa. :
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Historic sites
Subject:
United States - Revolutionary War
Subject:
Parks
Subject:
Washington, George
Subject:
Valley Forge National Historical Park (Pa.)
Subject:
Parks -- Pennsylvania -- Valley Forge -- History.
Subject:
Historic sites -- Conservation and restoration -- Pennsylvania -- Valley Forge -- History.
Subject:
Valley Forge
Subject:
Valley Forge National Historical Park
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Washington, George - Headquarters -
Subject:
Historic sites - Co
Subject:
US History-Revolution and Constitution Era
Subject:
Making and Remaking an American Symbol
Subject:
Lorrett O. Treese
Subject:
0-271-01402-4
Subject:
0-271-01403-2
Subject:
American
Subject:
Revolutionary War
Subject:
battlefield
Subject:
farmland
Subject:
Washington
Subject:
Guidance
Subject:
Snow
Subject:
Blood
Subject:
shoeless
Subject:
starving soldiers
Subject:
southeastern Pennsylvania
Subject:
Monuments
Subject:
recreated log huts
Subject:
modern visitor center
Subject:
state park
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
1267
Publication Date:
19950331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
286
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.81 in 1.062 oz

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History and Social Science » Americana » General
History and Social Science » Americana » Pennsylvania
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History and Social Science » US History » Revolution and Constitution Era
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