Welcome to Historic Southern Indiana
Historic Southern Indiana is a region abundant in historical, natural, and recreational resources. Scattered across its hills and valleys are many small towns rich in heritage. This Heritage Area contains numerous sites of historical significance, including Vincennes, Corydon, New Harmony, Madison, and Abraham Lincoln's boyhood home. Forests, caves, rivers, and lakes offer scenic beauty and recreational activities.
Historic Southern Indiana (HSI) is also the name of the organization dedicated to preserving, enhancing, and promoting these resources. As a community outreach program of the University of Southern Indiana, HSI hosts workshops, produces publications, conducts visitor research, and facilitates and coordinates with many groups and agencies with the goal of creating a sense of regional identity and pride. Its office is a part of the University of Southern Indiana Division of Outreach and Engagement.
HSI News & Events
February 26, 2013
2012 Frank and Judy O’Bannon Heritage Enrichment Award
Richard Day, historian at Vincennes State Historic Sites in Vincennes, Indiana, has been awarded the 2012 Frank and Judy O’Bannon Heritage Enrichment Award. Presented by USI’s Historic Southern Indiana, the award recognizes an individual who is an exemplary model of community education activities. Read more.
May 7, 2013
Evansville to host Community Conversation Series
Evansville is one of four communities selected by Indiana Humanities to host a Community Conversation series this year. The theme of the series is "Bicentennial 2016: The Next Indiana," and Historic Southern Indiana and other community organizations will use this opportunity to examine the city's history and and work toward a plan of action to revitalize center core neighborhoods. Details, including date and location, will be announced by the end of summer. For more information about the program, visit IndianaHumanities.org.
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In The Community
RiverRoots Music & Folk Art FestivalMay 17-18 @ Bicentennial Park on Vaughn Drive, Madison | 800/559-2956 | www.riverroots.org Weekend event featuring different types of music, food fest, folk art village along the river. Admission charged.
Daviess County Rail FestMay 18 @ Washington Depot, Washington | 812/257-0301 | www.daviesscountyhistory.net A celebration of Daviess County's railroad heritage! Train rides, history exhibits, model train displays, food and entertainment for the whole family.
Wool Fiber Arts FestivalMay 18 @ Washington Conservation Club, Washington | 812/254-1186 | www.daviesscounty.net Exhibition of fiber arts, including rug hooking, needlepoint, crocheting, tatting and more.
BugfestMay 18 @ Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve, Evansville | 812/479-0771 ext. 102 | www.wesselmannaturesociety.org
Madison in Bloom Spring Garden TourMay 18-19 @ Historic Downtown Madison | 812/265-2335 | www.visitmadison.org
Spring Historical Timeline Rendezvous & FestivalMay 18-19 @ Rockport City Park, Rockport | 812/649-9147 | www.lincolnpioneervillage.com
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