The Washington Times-Herald

April 18, 2013

George Rogers Clark Park to hold celebration, events

Lindsay Owens
Washington Times Herald

VINCENNES — The George Rogers Clark National Historic Park in Vincennes will be celebrating National Park Week on Saturday  through April 28.  The theme for this year’s event is “Did You Know?” 

The goal of National Park Week is to provide everyone an opportunity to get to know more about national parks and the stories and resources available at those parks. 

“A lot of people take the park for granted,” said Frank Doughman, interim superintendent of the park. “This is a chance for people to remember that this is a national park in their own backyard and it is historically significant to our nation.”

April 22 through April 26 there will be free admission at all 401 destinations in the National Parks system however, the George Rogers Clark Park, often referred to as the “memorial” or GRC, offers free admission year-round.

The George Rogers Clark Memorial is the largest battlefield memorial in the country. Construction began on the structure in 1931. The memorial was dedicated by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on June 14, 1936.

Originally administered by the State of Indiana, the park was adopted into the National Parks system in 1966. President Lyndon B. Johnson came to Vincennes to sign the act that turned the park into a national historic park.

Two activities have been planned to commemorate National Park Week at the Memorial. On April 22, at 6:30 p.m., a special viewing of two films will be presented. The first film will be highlighting the construction of the St. Louis Arch.

The second will be about presidential memorials in Washington, DC. April 24 there will also be a ranger led-program called, “Step Brothers: The Clark Memorial and the St. Louis Arch.” The program will discuss the connections between both Midwestern National parks. This program will also be at 6:30 p.m. Both programs will take place in the park visitor’s center, located at 401 S. 2nd St. in Vincennes.

For more information about the George Rogers Clark National Historic Park or the special events planned, call 812-882-1776. The park visitor center is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the memorial closing at 4:45 p.m.