Parade: Spirit of Northwest Territory Alliance pose for inspection in front of the George Rogers Clark Memorial at the GRC National Park in Vincennes, Indiana, during the Rendezvous. Photo: Bernie Schmitt
Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous
A Revolutionary War battle re-enactment held annually on Memorial
Day weekend. Participants include artisans, strolling musicians,
and re-enactors portraying soldiers and camp followers. The event
celebrates the capture of Fort Sackville by forces under Colonel
George Rogers Clark in 1779. Period food served includes buffalo
burgers, turkey legs, creek fried potatoes, and homemade pies. Once
held on the commons where townspeople formerly grazed their
livestock, it is now held on the French Commons located adjacent to
the George Rogers Clark National Historic Park. The event attracts
400 to 500 re-enactors and an estimated 35,000 visitors. It is
documented in a 13-page essay, two binders of photographs, a
videotape of the Rendezvous, a poster, promotional materials and
memorabilia, and a hard copy of the Rendezvous web site.
Originally submitted by: John N. Hostettler, Representative (8th District).
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