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6/25/2013 3:10:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Clark National Historic Park Friday movie night to feature caves
VINCENNES - National Park Movie Night at George Rogers Clark National Historic Park will feature three of America's most well-known caves.

National Park Service officials said in order for visitors to gain a better understanding of the beautiful and still active caves in the United States, GRCNHP will show free movies beginning at 6:30 p.m. (EST) Friday at the Visitor Center, located at 401 S. 2nd St. in Vincennes.

The three featured National Park System caves featured will be Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, Jewel Cave National Monument in South Dakota and Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico.

"The National Park Service is charged with the mission of protecting America's special places and stories," said Jason Collins, a park ranger with the GRCNHP. "From the grandeur and beauty of Yellowstone to the sacrifice of American soldiers at Gettysburg, these places represent the legacy of America's cultural and natural heritage."

National Parks also protect resources not easily seen from the surface, such as caves.

Usually caves form after many years of water and erosion, leading to these beautiful natural wonders.

Collins noted that this same phenomena can also happen inside of a man-made structure, as was the case with the Clark Memorial.

"Severe leaks inside of the Clark Memorial after rains caused the formation of these beautiful, but dangerous formations," Collins said. "These formations will be highlighted in various summer programs, including a tour under the Lincoln Memorial Bridge to see what the Clark Memorial looked like before the major restoration in 2008-2009."

This program is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. (EST) on July 10. It will be part of a program highlighting the past, present and future of the George Rogers Clark National Historic Park.


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