At the end of every April, the National Park Service celebrates National Park Week. During this week, parks around the country waive their fees and encourage visitors to experience the stories inside their national parks. The week culminates in National Junior Ranger Day. The day is geared toward engaging kids to learn history, teaching them stewardship, and having fun while exploring nearby national parks. George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, in cooperation with William Henry Harrison’s Grouseland, will celebrate the day by holding a War of 1812 School of the Soldier/Home front event at the park and at Grouseland.
Members of the United States Rangers, Captain Andre’s Company and the United States Regiment of Rifles will demonstrate the life of a soldier in 1812. These groups will offer a variety of hands-on activities for Junior Rangers, such as musket and rifle demonstrations, handling dummy muskets to join the militia, using a crosscut saw to build a fort, and more. Events at Grouseland will include life on the home front such as weaving clothes on a loom, trying on 18th and 19th century clothing, making wax candles, among other activities. At the end of the day’s activities, kids will earn their official Junior Ranger badge. These events are free and open to the public.
This event will take place at the GRCNHP VIsitor Center at 401 S. Second St., and Grouseland at 3 W. Scott St., in Vincennes on April 26 from noon to 4 p.m. For further information, contact Jason Collins at 812-882-1776 Ext. 207 or via email at Jason_M_Collins@nps.gov or Grouseland at 812-882-2096 or email@example.com