Governor Harrison WANTS YOU!!! – Volunteer at Grouseland!

Grouseland needs volunteers for the Walnut Grove Dedication, and we are seeking non-profit community groups to sell food and beverages on Saturday, August 21, 2010.

 Walnut Grove Dedication &

1810 Camp Fire “Council at the Grove”

If you are interested in volunteering, inquiring about further details, or would like to distribute information about our event, please contact: Dan Sarell at (812) 882-2096 or email

 Event Overview

William Henry Harrison’s Grouseland, presidential site, Indiana territorial governor’s mansion and National Historic Landmark, in Vincennes, is preparing to dedicate its new commemorative historical park, “Walnut Grove,” on Saturday, August 21, 2010.  Walnut Grove marks the 200th anniversary of the meetings between then-governor Harrison and Shawnee leader, Tecumseh.

The dedication ceremony will be held at 1:00 PM, and a reenactment event, or “living history experience,” will be hosted from 7:00 – 10:00 PM.  All of the events will be held at Grouseland (3 W. Scott St., Vincennes) and on the adjacent Vincennes State Historic Sites’ “Council Grounds.” 

The purpose of this appeal is …  

1)To recruit volunteers from the community to help with the event, and

2) To ask local non-profit organizations, service and fraternal clubs, and churches to participate in our event and benefit your own organization in the process.

It is the sincerest hope of our foundation board that these events will be a significantly meaningful and fun day for Vincennes and Knox County.  They are opportunities for us to showcase our beautiful and largely undiscovered historic sites, but it is also another of many opportunities for our community to rally together and put its best foot forward to host visitors and local residents alike.

Participate by Volunteering

We have a great need for volunteers to help us host these events.  We welcome individuals, families, and groups to join us.

Times and nature of help that we will need 

Friday, August 20 … During the afternoon, volunteers are needed to help set up event tents and prepare the “Council Grounds” (picnic area) for the encampment of reenactors

Saturday, August 21 … Throughout the morning volunteers are needed to help with any additional set up and to assist reenactors with setting up the encampment.

Some volunteers will be needed to throughout the day to assist as needed.

Volunteers, who would like to join Grouseland’s corps of volunteer tour guides, are welcome to be trained and assist with tours of Grouseland throughout the day, including the Candlelight Tours that will be given throughout the Camp Fire “Council at the Grove” event (7:00 – 10:00 PM).  Training to give tours is required and will be scheduled on an as-needed basis.

Sunday, August 22 … Throughout the morning, volunteers will be needed to help take down tents and other event equipment, and to help clean up the site in general.

Participate and benefit your non-profit organization at the same time!!

Charitable food and beverage booths

Because these dedication events are primarily civic and educational events, we are not contracting with vendors to sell products.  However, we welcome interested non-profit groups, churches, clubs and other organizations, who would like to set up informal food or drink booths, such as selling sandwiches, baked goods, home made desserts, etc., we will entertain these requests on a case-by-case basis.  For example, the Boy Scouts have already agreed to sell iced down drinks.

All participating organizations will be asked to follow the guidelines of the Knox County Health Department, and we will supply those materials.  

There would be no charge for having a booth, and group would need to be self-sufficient, since there are limited water sources and no electricity.  Groups with booths can keep all of their proceeds to benefit their not-for-profit causes. 

If you are interested in volunteering, inquiring about further details, or would like to distribute information about our event, please contact: Dan Sarell at (812) 882-2096 or email


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