October 2 Commission selects Erza Winter to paint the memorial murals.
December 1 Hermon MacNeil is selected to sculpt statuary.
August 20 State commission turns responsibility for memorial to Indiana Department of Conservation.
July 11 U.S. Senate passes transfer bill.
July 23 President Lyndon B. Johnson signs bill in Vincennes creating George Rogers Clark National Historical Park.
September 10 Robert L. Lagemann is appointed management assistant for the park.
Summer Seasonal rangers join park's interpretative program.
July 1 Construction of fifty-space parking lot is completed.
Winter Harpers Ferry Center Museum Specialist Walter A. Nitkiewicz leads team in cleaning murals in memorial.
December George Rogers Clark, Lincoln Boyhood and Lincoln Home are renamed Indiana-Illinois Group.
June-September Cincinnati Floor Company removes surface and eight inches of concrete on memorial terrace and installs new concrete and Dex-o-Tex covering.
September Preliminary meeting held with representatives of park, Harpers Ferry Center, Denver Service Center and Regional Office to set forth requirements for new visitor center.
December As part of National Park Service realignment, George Rogers Clark National Historical Park is placed in Midwest Region.
May 6 Regional director approves preliminary plans drawn by James Associates for proposed visitor center.
June Day-labor contract completed on floodwall. Fresh coat of stucco applied on park side. June Contract for installing air conditioning in memorial let. Project completed in December.
August 16 Congress approves appropriation bill which includes $535,000 for George Rogers Clark Visitor Center.
September Group of Park Service officials express disapproval of visitor center design and location.
November Midwest Regional Office approves final form of plans for visitor center. Opening of bids scheduled for January 1975.
February Regional director and park superintendent learn that President's Advisory Council on Historic Preservation believes selected site for visitor center would be a "visual intrusion on the historic scene." Director decides to eliminate project from construction, at least until problem of location can be resolved.
April 17 Vincennes delegation meets Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Director Robert Garvey to discuss visitor center. A compromise on location is devised during a community meeting in Vincennes.
April 21 Landscaping project begins. More than 700 shrubs and trees planted.
April 28 NPS Associate Director Ernest A. Connally discussed the new location for the visitor center at a Vincennes meeting.
June 8 Dedication ceremony held for ten headstones for Revolutionary War soldiers buried in the Old Cathedral Cemetery.
July 1 George Rogers Clark National Historical Park officially separates from Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial and becomes an independent unit.
July 22-23 Special Bicentennial production "We've Come Back For a Little Look Around" is presented on grounds behind memorial.
July 23 Bids on the revised visitor center opened and reported.
August 20 Official groundbreaking for new visitor center.
May 28 Historic marker in honor of Sieur de Vincennes dedicated at corner of Second and Main streets, just inside park boundary.
June 5-6 Brigade of the American Revolution holds encampment and military drill on park grounds behind Clark memorial.
July 4 George Rogers Clark National Historical Park Visitor Center is officially opened.
November Maintenance operations completes moves from old shop on alley to new basement facilities.
July 9-10 Members of the Old North West Alliance in encampment on park grounds.
December 21 Emergency repairs (rehabilitative maintenance) on memorial roof completed.
March 31 The movie "A Few Men Well Conducted" makes its debut at park.
May 27 Formal dedication of visitor center. Attending are U.S. Senator Birch Bayh, Indiana Lieutenant Governor Robert Orr and National Park Service Midwest Deputy Regional Director Randall Pope.
September Cincinnati Floor Company repairs twelve areas on memorial terrace for cracks in Dex-o-Tex.
October 4 Park planner Tom Balsanek, Midwest Regional Office, meets with Vincennes community leaders to discuss development of First Street-River Front area.
May 26-27 Members of Old North West Territory Alliance encamp on park grounds.
September 10 Contract let to Cincinnati Floor Company to replace upper two layers and surface of Dex-o-Tex waterproof decking originally laid in 1973 on memorial terrace.
June 29 Roy J. Beasley, Jr. transfers from Sagamore Hill National Historic Site to become park superintendent.
July 29 NPS employees Tom Balsanek and George Painter present plan for Vincennes Memorial Mall.
September 29 Chief of Interpretation Robert Holden begins series of biweekly articles, "Muskets, Tomahawks, and Long Rifles" in the Valley Advance, a local newspaper.
November 9-11 Brick work on the inside of the memorial roof parapet wall inspected.
October 13 State of Indiana ceded concurrent jurisdiction over park property to the United States.
October 22 First Annual George Rogers Clark Trans-Appalachian Frontier History Conference held in cooperation with Vincennes University.
December George Rogers Clark National Historical Park Historic Structures Report, Administrative Data Section and Architectural Data Section, is received.
December Park learns that mayor of Vincennes and board of public works planning to build a trash transfer station less than one quarter-mile from the park boundary. Project defeated by city council on January 23, 1984.
December 11 Superintendent Roy F. Beasley, Jr., transfers to Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area.
March 21 Park personnel meet with members of the USS Vincennes Memorial Committee to discuss proposed memorial to U.S. Navy ships bearing name USS Vincennes.
June Junior Ranger program is initiated.
November 19 Park personnel meet with board of directors for the Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous to discuss the group's acquisition of property just south and west of the park.
December 12 The Army Corps of Engineers holds a meeting in Vincennes to discuss the Wabash River Reconnaissance Study, a proposal to make the river navigable for river traffic.
July 13 Bicentennial celebration of the Northwest Ordinance held. Indiana Governor Robert Orr and U.S. Senator Dan Quayle attend ceremony.
November 19 Superintendent John Neal transfers to George Washington Carver National Monument. Ray Kimpel, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, arrives to be acting superintendent.
January 31 Terry DiMattio transfers from Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine to become park superintendent.
April 1 Park staff begins collecting entrance fee inside Clark memorial.
August 25 Park observes 72nd birthday of National Park Service with open house.
March 9 Statement for Management approved by regional director.
April 1 Second year of fee collection begins.
June Ultra-violet filtration system installed on the glass windows on the east side of the memorial.
August 9 USS Vincennes Association dedicates USS Vincennes memorial. Park takes extra security precautions.
August Park prepares a Preliminary Assessment of the Qualifications of the Route of George Rogers Clark as a National Historic Trail.
October Park maintenance crew plants 48 linden trees on memorial mall. December Francis Vigo exhibit on display at the park.
May Superintendent Terry DiMattio transfers to Cabrillo National Monument.
August James Holcomb transfers to George Rogers Clark National Historical Park as new superintendent from Morristown National Historical Park.
October 24 Restoration sculptor Harold Vogel repairs Francis Vigo statue.
October Vincennes Area Chamber of Commerce informs park that it is gathering support to donate 42 acres of Wabash River greenbelt land to the National Park Service.
January Projects to study the rehabilitation of the memorial heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, and the removal of asbestos begin.
August 25 75th anniversary of the National Park Service and the 25th anniversary of authorization of George Rogers Clark National Historical Park celebrated. Former park superintendent Robert Lagemann is speaker.
August 2-4 Midwest Regional Museum Specialist Abby Sue Fisher visits park to conduct a Collection Condition Survey.
August 23 New maintenance building is dedicated.
Last Updated: 28-Jul-2006