Blake McGready is a Park Guide at Valley Forge National Historical Park. (The views and conclusions in this essay are those of the author and should not be interpreted as representing the opinions or policies of the National Park Service or the United States Government.) Blake holds degrees in history from SUNY New Paltz and Villanova University, and has worked at historic sites in his home state of New York and in Pennsylvania. He is particularly interested in the American Revolution, cultural memory, and environmental history. He is currently at work on a project about the battle of Princeton in American memory.