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Frank Doughman named Superintendent of George Rogers ClarkNational Historical Park

Frank Doughman

OMAHA, Neb. Frank W. Doughman has been selected as the new Superintendent of George Rogers Clark National Historical Park (NHP) in Vincennes, Ind. Having served in the position in an acting capacity since October 2012, he succeeds Brian McCutcheon, who accepted the position of Superintendent at Fort Donelson National Battlefield, Tenn. Doughman will begin this new assignment on a permanent basis effective May 5.

“Frank’s solid management skills and high and deep regard for the story of George Rogers Clark and the greater community of Vincennes, makes him the ideal selection to lead the park,” said Michael T. Reynolds, National Park Service (NPS) Midwest Regional Director.

A nearly 30-year National Park Service veteran, Doughman began his NPS career as a seasonal park ranger at Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway in Wisconsin and at Cape Lookout National Seashore, N.C. His first permanent position was at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park in Kentucky, as a park ranger. Doughman then moved to Obed Wild and Scenic River, Tenn., andfinally to George Rogers Clark NHP as the Chief of Interpretation and Resource Management in 1995. He also served a four-month detail as the interim superintendent at River Raisin National Battlefield Park in Michigan when the NPS began operation of the site in late 2010.

Doughman held a law enforcement commission for 14 years. He served on a mountain rescue team, swift water rescue team, and as a wildland firefighter, crew boss, and Incident Commander. He has planned and designed interpretive media and exhibits, and has served as an NPS Interpretive Development Program Curriculum Coordinator for 9 years. Doughman is an instructor for the NPS Interpretive Development Program (IDP), and serves as Captain for the Lead Interpretive Coach Team in the Midwest Region.

George Rogers Clark NHP is a part of the community of Vincennes, and Knox County” stated Doughman. The image of the Memorial appears everywhere from the sides of police cars to the local newspaper masthead. That relationship with the community makes this park a very special place to work. I hope to continue and to enhance the parks involvement in the community, working with our many partners and volunteersto tell the story of America’s growth, into the west, after the American Revolution.”

A Washburn, Maine native, Doughman holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from the University of Maine.

Authorized by Congress in 1966, George Rogers Clark NHP commemorates one of the greatest feats of the American Revolution, the capture of Fort Sackville from the British by Lieutenant Colonel George Rogers Clark on February 25, 1779. The fort’s capture assured the United States claims to the frontier - the region north of the Ohio River, nearly as large as the original 13 colonies. The park’s classical memorial building is located near the site of the old fort. In the rotunda are seven murals, each created on a single piece of Belgian linen measuring 16 x 28 feet, painted by noted American muralist Erza Winter.

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Sculptor Hermon Atkins MacNeil, best known for his design of the Standing Liberty quarter that was minted between 1916 and 1930, sculpted the bronze statue of George Rogers Clark displayed in the memorial rotunda.

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