Trego Exhibit Project

In Cooperation with the Valley Forge National Historical Park

The Project: To display William Trego’s painting, The March to Valley Forge, with another Trego painting of a soldier and two other privately owned Trego paintings at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  This exhibit will help tell the story of William Trego and the Valley Forge encampment. 


Our Society’s Goal:  To secure donations totaling $10,000 to fully fund this project.

Dear DVF Families and Friends,

 We are excited to tell you about a historical project that we are pursuing this year.  Our members would like to fund an exhibit at the Museum of the American Revolution that will give visitors a detailed look at the artist William Trego, the painter of The March to Valley Forge and the winter encampment at Valley Forge through his works.  It will display this original painting with a newly acquired Trego study (right) depicting a soldier bending down to adjust his footwear. Many speculate that the figure is bending down to call attention to the ground, where bloody footprints of shoeless soldiers left reddish tracks in the snow during the Continental Army’s march to Valley Forge.


The generosity and good will of individuals and brigades is essential.  We are asking that you or your brigade consider a monetary donation to meet the expenses of this fabulous project.  The DVF Trego Exhibit Project Donation Form will provide the information that we need to ensure that you receive recognition on this page of the society website as well as in the Encampment newsletter.  You also have the option to donate in honor or in memory of someone.  DVF is classified by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) educational foundation. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.   


We are excited to complete this amazing project supporting our mission to educate our communities about the events surrounding the encampment at Valley Forge.



Thank you for your support,  

Susan Gillette Meer

Society of the Descendants of Washington’s Army at Valley Forge

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Donor Recognition

General ($500+)

Colonel ($200+)    

Tennessee Brigade - In memory of Ronnie Lail and Reece Sexton

Captain ($100+)  

Sergeant ($50+)

NSDAR Lily of the Cahaba Chapter - In honor of Susan Gillette Meer

Private ($20+)



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Last Updated January 2021

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One of the most iconic commemorative works on the American Revolution, William Trego's March to Valley Forge was painted in Philadelphia and exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1883.  It was conserved in 2011, thanks to funding from the Society of the Descendants of Washington’s Army at Valley Forge and now hangs in the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, PA.