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
Annual Spring Old Court DaysMay 24-26 @ Jefferson County Courthouse, Madison | 812/273-6226 | www.visitmadison.org Browse through arts & crafts, collectibles, antiques, food booths, farmer’s market.
Timeless Classic Car ShowMay 25 @ Hornady Park, Petersburg | 812/354-9552
Southern Indiana UncorkedMay 25 @ Harrison County Fairgrounds, Corydon | 812/968-5510 | www.southernindianauncorked.com 6th annual wine and microbrew festival featuring wineries from across Indiana.
Twilight TourMay 25 @ West Baden Springs Hotel, West Baden Springs | 812/936-5870 | www.historiclandmarks.org Costumed interpreters portraying pivotal characters from the hotel’s fabled past. Reservations required. Sponsored by Indiana Landmarks.
Spirit of Vincennes RendezvousMay 25-26 @ Vincennes | 812/886-0400 | www.spiritofvincennes.org Take a step back in time and surround yourself with the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of the American Revolutionary War period during the Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous. Held on Saturday (9am-6pm) & Sunday (10am-5pm) EDT of Memorial Day weekend, enjoy authentic food prepared over open fires and browse through merchant tents that offer goods relative to the time period. A continuous line up of entertainment is offered and varies from year to year including battle re-enactments, period music, jugglers, fire eaters, story tellers, oxen demonstrations and more. Saturday hours: 9am - 6pm with battles at 1:00pm and 4:00pm. Sunday hours: 10am - 5pm with battles at 12 noon and 3:30pm. Gate admission,$2.00 with 15+ acres of parking. Adult admission, $8.00; Children 6-12 years, $2.00 and children under 5 years are FREE.
Civil War Days and Pioneer Memorial ServiceMay 25-27 @ Spring Mill State Park, Mitchell | 812/849-3534 | www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2968.htm Pioneer Village demonstrations, Civil War encampments, historical speakers, ladies tea, gristmill operates hourly. May 25 & 26 at 2:30 p.m., The Yankees vs the Confederate Battle re-enactment at Sycamore Field.
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