Go deeper into the history of each park with scholarly articles and essays from Oxford University Press, freely available for the centennial year.
Valley Forge National Historical 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.