One of the Midwest’s premier Revolutionary War reenactments occurs Memorial Day weekend at the site of the foremost American victory throughout the frontier. This reenactment, known as the Rendezvous, is sponsored annually by the Spirit of Vincennes, Inc. Since the late 1970s, the citizens of Vincennes, IN; the reenactors of the Northwest Territory Alliance (NWTA); and the employees of the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park (NHP) have collaborated to present this distinguished 18th century historical gathering. The event’s popularity is such that it attracts 400 to 500 reenactors along with an estimated 35,000 visitors.
The majority of the activities such as the selling of merchandise and food; the demonstration of arts and crafts; colonial period entertainment; and the re-creation of Revolutionary War battles takes place upon the French Commons. The commons, quite fittingly, is located adjacent to the George Rogers Clark NHP. This park includes the Clark Memorial, a Greek style monument that stands upon the revered spot at which the British surrendered Fort Sackville.
At 10 a.m., Thurs., Feb. 25, 1779, British Lt. Gov. Henry Hamilton surrendered his garrison of 80 soldiers after a siege which lasted less than two days. The victor, Lt. Col. Clark, had led an army of 170 Americans and French-Canadians across the flooded area of present-day southern Illinois in a march to Vincennes.
For more information contact: Information@SpiritOfVincennes.org
MEETINGS FOR 2013:
GRC Chapter Next Meeting 2013
***** 27 Jul 2013 - 1:30PM EST ***** At the Genealogical Library in the McGrady-Brockman Building Across the street from the Public Library On the corner of 7th. & Hart Streets Parking next to building. Program: Chapter President Robert Cunningham [Web Master Note: For some of southwestern Indiana the meeting will begin at 12:30PM CST]
Other Planned GRC Meetings for 2013
19 October 2013
George Rogers Clark Chapter
Current Officers for 2013
Interested in learning more about becoming an SAR member? Contact Kenneth Gilkey who will explain everything to you and he can help you through the application process.
Membership in the Sons of the American Revolution is open to any man of age eighteen (18) years or over (under 18 may join as Junior members), who is a lineal descendant of an ancestor who supported the war for American independence. These ancestors are referred to as Revolutionary War Patriots and include those persons who fought in the military and/or militia, who provided supplies to the American cause, who served on political bodies supporting the Revolution, who signed oaths of support and similar acts.
The George Rogers Clark Flag, a red and green striped banner commonly associated with George Rogers Clark, although Colonel Clark did not campaign under these colors. The “Clark” flag was made in Vincennes, Indiana, and likely flew over Fort Sackville even before Clark arrived.
The George Rogers Clark Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution held their spring chapter meeting at the McGrady-Brockman Regional Genealogical/Historical Center on March 9 th. The meeting was attended by nine members of the George Rogers Clark Chapter and one guest, Compatriot James Arnold, from the Daniel Guthrie Chapter in Bedford. One new member, Justin Thomas, attended his first Chapter meeting. Five ladies also attended. The program entitled The Continental Navy was presented by the Chapter President Robert Cunningham. The next George Rogers Clark Chapter meeting will be held on July 27 at 1:30 pm in the same location, the McGrady-Brockman Regional Genealogical/Historical Center.
The names of the Chapter members in the photograph from left to right are as follows - Seated: Chapter President, Robert Cunningham; Chapter Secretary/Treasurer John West; Chapter Registrar/Genealogist Kenneth Gilkey Standing: Charles Jordan, Justin Thomas, Brent Marchino, Marvin Sweeney, Marshall Miller and John Harrison.
Point Pleasant, West Virginia 2012: GRC President Robert Cunningham is presenting the GRC wreath escorted by State President C. David Betzner and District Vice-President General T. Rex Legler II (carrying the GRC Flag).
The INSSAR Color Guard presented the Colors in Vincennes, IN for the 234th Anniversary (Feb. 25, 2013) of the capture of Ft. Sackville by George Rogers Clark and his men. Photo taken as we were preparing for the ceremony to begin. Four of the guardsmen are members of the GRC Chapter.
On Dec. 30 between holidays and before the end of the year, getting out one more Flag Certficate at Terhunes Inc. - McDonalds in Muncie, IN. Manager Donna Jenkinson receives Flag Certificate from Mark Kreps, INSSAR Flag Chairman on behalf of the George Rogers Clark Chapter, where Kreps is a dual member.
Published on 21 Nov 2012 with last revision on 06 Mar 2013
About SAR: The Sons of the American Revolution is a historical, educational, and patriotic "lineage" society comprised of male descendants of patriots who supported the cause of American Independence during the years 1774-1783.
Mission: The purpose of the Sons of the American Revolution is "to perpetuate the memory of those who, by their services or sacrifices during the war of the American Revolution, achieved the independence of the American People".
Description: The George Rogers Clark SAR Chapter is the oldest chapter currently active in the Indiana Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and meets in Vincennes, Indiana.
Membership in the Sons of the American Revolution is open to any man of age eighteen (18) years or over, who is a lineal descendant of an ancestor who supported the war for American independence. These ancestors are referred to as Revolutionary War Patriots and include those persons who fought in the military and/or militia, who provided supplies to the American cause, who served on political bodies supporting the Revolution, who signed oaths of support and similar acts.