Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Battle of Valley Forge

In every history class I have taken my teacher always referred to the winter at Valley Forge as the Battle at Valley Forge. Well this weekend I learned that I had been taught wrong. There was never a battle at Valley Forge just a cold, miserable 6 month winter the troops had to suffer through. But it was because they suffered through that winter that America won the revolutionary war. This weekend our group traveled to Valley forge and then to Philadelphia for a little history lesson. On Friday night we stayed at these dorms called the Freedom Foundation. It felt like we were back in junior high at youth conference. After settling in we took a tour of Valley Forge.

Utah Medal of Honor statue

Martha and George

Our tour guide

Barack Obama followed us to Valley Forge

George Washington touched this banister

After our tour we had the one and only Thomas Jefferson come speak to us. Yes, it was a man that dressed and acted exactly like Jefferson. At the beginning I felt like it was going to be really corny but I was completely enthralled. He does this professionally all over the country and is supposedly one of the best at what he does. I learned a lot about the Constitution and Declaration of Independence and these men that made it all happen. They learned to compromise and work together even though many of them had very different thoughts and opinions. It was my favorite part of the day.

We woke up bright and early at 7:00 am and headed off to Philadelphia for the day...

 Thomas Jefferson was in France when the Constitution was written.

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