Valley Forge National Historical Park

Valley Forge National Historical Park

Behind Valley Forge Controversy, Historical Ignorance

September 8, 2008, 2:50 pm
Here's what many people know about Valley Forge: It must have been a lousy place to have spent a 1770s winter, what with all the half-starved soldiers standing barefoot in the snow, but today it's a great place to jog or ride your bike. That's no big surprise. Compared with their knowledge of World War II or the Vietnam War, Americans tend to be embarrassingly under-schooled on the Revolution. Today, though, that historical illiteracy holds potentially transformative repercussions for Valley Forge National Historical Park.