The year 1991 is an important year for the National Park Service. It was 75 years ago on August 25, 1916, that the U.S. Congress established the National Park Service. Its mandate was and still is to conserve the natural and historical resources found in our national park areas and to provide for the enjoyment of those resources by future generations. Historical research and publication are the forerunners of knowledge, preservation and enjoyment, all valuable components to preserving historical resources.
In this year of celebration, it is especially fitting that this fourth volume of selected papers from the 1989 and 1990 George Rogers Clark Trans-Appalachian Frontier History Conferences be published, thus preserving new research for public access.
The annual history conference is conducted on the campus of Vincennes University and presented cooperatively by George Rogers Clark National Historical Park and Vincennes University. The conference was established in 1983 to encourage research of the American frontier at a time when the frontier was located between the Appalachian Mountains and the Mississippi River. For the past eight years this gathering has presented a forum for sharing research information with scholars and the general public.
The National Park Service is pleased to be able to help make this publication possible. We trust that the reader will find the material both informative and enjoyable.
Last Updated: 23-Mar-2011