Duckworth and Durbin establish French Colonial Prairie du Rocher National Historic Park


(KFVS) – U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) have introduced a bill to create the French Colonial Prairie du Rocher National Historical Park.

This park would include sites at Prairie du Rocher, Kaskaskia and Fort de Chartres.

“Illinois has a rich and storied history that I hope residents and visitors alike can enjoy. This year we celebrate the town of Prairie du Rocher on its 300th anniversary,” said Durbin. “With this bill, I hope to see the French region of Prairie du Rocher receive well-deserved recognition as a French colonial historic district to both preserve our history and educate visitors.

The French Colony Prairie du Rocher National Historical Park would serve as a center for interpretive and educational programs related to the history of the French Colonial Historic District.

It will also contribute to the preservation of historic sites in the French colonial historic district.

“Last weekend, the town of Prairie du Rocher in Illinois, one of the oldest towns in our entire country, celebrated its 300th anniversary,” Duckworth said. “To mark this milestone anniversary, I was proud to write and introduce this bill that would establish the French Colonial Prairie du Rocher National Historic Park.

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