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Cultural and Ethnic Diversity Showcased at Valley Forge National Park, PA

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Image Courtesy of  www.nps.gov/

Image Courtesy of http://www.nps.gov/

Returning for its second year, during the summer of 2014, is the popular Voices of Valley Forge: Many Perspectives Creating Social History at Valley Forge National Historical Park. The series includes 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.

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.

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.

Admission is free.

Valley Forge National Historical Park
Contact Phone Number: 610-783-1008
http://www.nps.gov/vafo/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?eventID=493566-232573

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