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Herron to talk about Clark Memorial
LAWRENCEVILLE - Joe Herron, Chief Ranger at the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park in Vincennes, will be the guest speaker on Monday, when the Lawrence County Historical Society hosts its monthly program at its history center, 12th and State streets.

In the 7 p.m. address, Herron's program will be entitled "Constructing a Legacy." He will talk about the making of the George Rogers Clark Memorial. Dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on June 14, 1936, the memorial is one of the largest monuments built on an American battlefield. Herron will discuss the architectural design and construction of the memorial, as well as the story behind its creation.

Herron is a native of Arkansas, and a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas. His career with the park service spans 20 years, including a 10-year stint as a part-time wildland firefighter. He has been assigned to the Clark Memorial since 2015.

Herron started with the Parks Service as a seasonal park guide at Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas, from 1997 through 1999. He was a full-time maintenance worker at Hot Springs National Park from 1999 through 2002, then was a permanent park guide there through 2009.

At the same time he was a Federal Wildland Firefighter from 2000 through 2013. From 2009 trough 2015, he was the lead interpreter at the Arkansas Post National Memorial in Gillett, Arkansas.

The George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, is located at what is believed to be the site of Fort Sackville. President Calvin Coolidge authorized a classical memorial and President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the completed structure in 1936.

In 1966, Indiana transferred the site to the National Park Service. Adjacent to the memorial is a visitor center which presents interpretive programs and displays. The center is situated on South 2nd Street in Vincennes.

On Aug. 9, 200 a8, the park was closed for 13 months to complete a three-million-dollar renovation.

The main goal was to fix the drainage of the terrace, which has leaked since the 1930s, and renovate the access steps. The monument reopened on Sept. 24, 2009, and was rededicated on Oct. 3, of that year.

George Rogers Clark National Historical Park was honored on an America the Beautiful Quarter representing Indiana in 2017.

As always, the monthly program is free and open to the public.


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