The Pursuit of History: Forging the Continental Army

Friday, May 19th, 2023  |  8:30am–Evening Dinner

An unparalleled opportunity to spend a day with noted authors and historians and a small group of discerning history lovers—in and around Valley Forge National Historical Park.

Includes sessions, lunch at Washington Chapel, Valley Forge National Historic Park tour, and dinner at the historic General Warren Inn.

Scheduled sessions include:

  • The Winter that Won the War—Phill Greenwalt, author, The Winter that Won the War: The Winter Encampment at Valley Forge, 1777–1778.
  • The Leadership of General Washington—Mark Lender, author, Cabal! The Plot Against General Washington.
  • The Military Discipline instilled by Baron von Steuben—Rick Bell, author of a forthcoming book on von Steuben.
  • Women at the Valley Forge Encampment—Nancy K. Loane, author of Following the Drum: Women at the Valley Forge Encampment.
  • On the Ground at Valley Forge—Aboard a coach and on foot, guide Ken Gavin takes us through Valley Forge, placing it in the context of the American Revolution, describing the factors behind the choice to encamp at Valley Forge, and the critical events that transpired that winter.

There is an optional book package available when you register that includes Phill’s, Mark’s, and Nancy’s books. (The book package is priced below the current price on Amazon and your books are shipped at no additional charge.)

Read more about our authors, presenters, and guide on our Sessions page. The schedule shown above is current; if there are changes to the schedule, they will appear above.

Limited to 40 participants.  Registration opened on January 14 and as of February 7 there are only 8 spots still available—and one of those is spoken for.  Register here. (Note: Once the 40 spots are claimed, that’s it. There will be no increase, and there are no plans to repeat this event.)

Date and time
Begins at 8:30 am on Friday, May 19.  Ends with dinner.

Locations
All events are held in and around Valley Forge National Park and The library at Washington Memorial Chapel within the Park. Evening dinner will be held at the General Warren Inn, Malvern, PA, about 7 miles from the park. (See details, below.)

Cost
$395 per-person for the all-day event—including presentations, tour, food, and beverages (throughout the day), as well as an evening dinner at the General Warren Inn. You will also receive a “The Pursuit of History: Forging the Continental Army” embroidered jacket. See the What’s Included page.

Lodging, if needed, is the responsibility of each participant. See our Lodging page for recommendations.

Organizer
The Pursuit of a History, is the non-profit organization behind the groundbreaking History Camp. This is the first Pursuit of History Weekend and pioneers a completely new format, carefully curated for a small number of individuals and unlike any history event you’ve attended. Learn more in this message from the founders.

“‘The Pursuit of History: Forging the Continental Army’ will be a ‘must see” event for all history loving Americans. Presentations by leading experts and audience participation are the hallmark of every ”History Camp” program. I’ve been honored to participate in these intellectually stimulating programs over the years, and each time I left with enduring friendships and a deeper understanding of the past. I know of no better way for those who love to learn about American history than to engage with the nation’s premier historians, visit the sites where history was made, and enjoy the company of those who share your passion for the past! This new event, ‘The Pursuit of History: Forging the Continental Army,’ should be all that and more with a small group exploring a critical time in our Revolution.”

— Stephen F. Knott, professor emeritus in the National Security Affairs Department at the U.S. Naval War College and the author of five books, including Washington and Hamilton: The Alliance That Forged America and Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth.

Valley Forge 2023 Title Sponsor

Thank you to Lorna Hainesworth for her generous financial support of The Pursuit of History: Forging the Continental Army, History Camp Valley Forge, and Touring Revolutionary Philadelphia.

Interested in becoming a Sponsor?

Contact us to learn more about how you can support the mission of The Pursuit of History, the non-profit organization that is creating and presenting these three days at Valley Forge as well as weekly, monthly, and annual programs that engage adults with history.

Event Locations

Washington Memorial Chapel

On June 19, 1903, the 125th anniversary of the evacuation of the Continental Army from Valley Forge, the cornerstone for the Washington Memorial Chapel was laid. We will meet in the library and hold most of our discussions here.

Washington Memorial Chapel
2000 Valley Forge Park Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406

wmchapel.org

The General Warren Inn

Built by George Ashton, a prominent member of St. Peter’s Church, General Warren Inn was owned by the Penn family at the time of the American Revolution. Operated by Peter Mather as the Admiral Warren during the Revolution, the tavern gave Warren Avenue its name. Mather, a Tory, was credited with informing the British of the position of General Anthony Wayne’s troops before the Paoli Massacre in September 1777.

A community was built around the Warren Inn in the late 1700s. Here a blacksmith, wheelwright, and general store served as a crossroads stop along the Lancaster Turnpike.

The present General Warren Inn was built in 1831 after a fire destroyed the original.

The General Warren Inn
9 Old Lancaster Road
Malvern, PA 19355 

generalwarren.com

Source: East Whiteland Township

Valley Forge, Pennsylvania—May 19–21, 2023!

Join us for three exciting days of engaging history events. Sign-up for one, two, or all three days!

FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2023

The Pursuit of History: Forging the Continental Army

An unparalleled opportunity to spend a day with noted authors and historians and a small group of discerning history lovers—held in and around Valley Forge National Historical Park. Includes sessions, tours, lunch, and dinner.

SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2023

History Camp Valley Forge

Our first-ever History Camp in Pennsylvania welcomes history lovers of all stripes and interests to the engaging, fun History Camp experience you know and love. We’re planning a full-slate of sessions. And if you wish to present, learn more on the History Camp Valley Forge home page!

SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2023

Touring Revolutionary Philadelphia

Join us for an all-day tour of historic Philadelphia sites—guided by the experts that know them best! (Coach transportation included.)

Valley Forge 2023 Title Sponsor

Thank you to Lorna Hainesworth for her generous financial support of The Pursuit of History: Forging the Continental Army, History Camp Valley Forge, and Touring Revolutionary Philadelphia.

Interested in becoming a Sponsor?

Contact us to learn more about how you can support the mission of The Pursuit of History, the non-profit organization that is creating and presenting these three days at Valley Forge as well as weekly, monthly, and annual programs that engage adults with history.

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Image Credits
“Baron Steuben drilling troops at Valley Forge” by E A Abbey (CC0)
Valley Forge National Historical Park (©2022 Lee Wright)
Independence Hall, Philadelphia (©2019 Michelle D. Novak)