Kentucky Chautauqua will present "George Rogers Clark: Revolutionary War Hero," 4 p.m. Thursday at the Boyle County Library. The presentation is free.
Clark is portrayed by Mel Hankla, who has been active in the living history of the frontier era since the early 1980s. Hankla is a flintlock gunsmith and makes several traditional long rifles every year. A lifelong resident of Jamestown, he hold a master's degree from Western Kentucky University. Hankla also portrays frontiersman Simon Kenton for Kentucky Chautauqua.
Clark (1752-181), a tall and talented Virginia, came west as a surveyor, but it was as a military leader during the Revolutionary War that he made his mark. In 1778, Clark launched a daring campaign against British posts in the Illinois Country north of the Ohio River. He surprised the enemy and secured the western frontier for a young United States of America. He also founded the city of Louisville in 1778.