Staying in Step with George

Wabash: Through Wilderness and Flood: Third Mural inside of the Clark Memorial.

George Rogers Clark NHP

Staff at the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park (NHP) used an exceptional way to tell their park's story. In partnership with Kevin D. Watson of Vincennes University radio station WVUB (91.1 FM) and 26 students of Vincennes Rivet Middle/High School, park personnel created an innovative public service program for February.

February is an important month at the park. From Feb. 5 through Feb. 23, 1779, Col. George Rogers Clark marched 170 starving soldiers, at times through freezing floodwater, in order to attack British Fort Sackville in Vincennes. Surrender came Feb. 25. Without this strategic fort, US expansion north of the Ohio River would have been doubtful.

"Staying in Step with George" consists of 28 daily radio segments which present the Clark story in two-minute versions. Each reading features first person reports. The month-long series consists of segments matching the same dates as those of the march and siege. The voices of social studies students were recorded for the spots.

The broadcasts were a state-of-the-art means of enlightening listeners about Clark's crucial conquest. The "Staying in Step with George" clips may be heard on this page thanks to recordings provided by WVUB in Vincennes. Simply follow the links on the bottom of the page.

February 1, 1779

February 2, 1779

February 3 and 4, 1779

February 5 and 6, 1779

February 7, 1779

February 8, 1779

February 9, 1779

February 10 and 11, 1779

February 12 and 13, 1779

February 14, 1779

February 15, 1779

February 16, 1779

February 17 and 18, 1779

February 19 and 20, 1779

February 21, 1779

February 22, 1779

February 23, 1779

February 24 and 25, 1779

February 26 and 27, 1779

February 28, 1779

A written version of the daily accounts is available here.

Last updated: May 4, 2018

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