Cabin Fever: "Join the Continental Army," at Independence Visitor Center January 25, 2008; 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

On January 25, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. the Independence Visitor Center, located at 6th and Market Streets, will host “Cabin Fever: Valley Forge Encampment.” The Independence Visitor Center Corporation (IVCC) is working in conjunction with Valley Forge National Historical Park and the Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau to present this free and exciting educational program.

Philadelphia, PA, January 25, 2008 --( "Independence Visitor Center Corporation is on the cutting edge of regional promotion. We appreciate the opportunity to bring this interactive program on the road and showcase it to visitors in Philadelphia. We hope it will entice visitors to come to Valley Forge National Historical Park and the Valley Forge region." said Mike Caldwell, Valley Forge National Historical Park Superintendent.

The educational event which promotes Join the Continental Army, a free program happening this winter at Valley Forge National Historical Park, and is designed for children ages 6 to 12 will be administered by National Park Service Rangers. The Rangers will show children the techniques and maneuvers used by Continental Army soldiers. Participants will receive enlistment papers, copies of Continental currency, and a wooden dummy musket to practice with.

The instruction mimics the training that George Washington’s soldiers received at Valley Forge during the American Revolution. The children will practice how to carry and load a Colonial musket. They will learn how to properly stand and march like a soldier. By the end of the session they will understand what it was like to be a trained soldier in the Continental Army.

The free programs run at Valley Forge National Historical Park on February 2, February 18 and March 1, and will start at 11 am in the Park's Welcome Center. They are designed to get young children interested in the American Revolution and to visit the Park. The training at the Visitor Center will mirror what is done at Valley Forge, and children are encouraged to continue attending lessons at Valley Forge.

Independence Visitor Center
Lauren Tosti