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
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.
July 5, 2013
Shoals, Indiana receives Community Legacy Award
USI’s Historic Southern Indiana presented the 2013 Community Legacy Award to Shoals, Indiana July 2 at the Martin County Historical Society and Museum. Nominated by Dr. Janice Guthrie, consultant for Martin County Tourism, Shoals is located on Indiana’s US 50 Historic Pathway and was selected as the seat of government for Martin County in 1844. A small community of 760, the town serves as an example to others in its sense of identity, history, unity, and hometown pride. Read more.
August 28, 2013
Darrel Bigham Award Call for Proposals
In honor of its founding director, Historic Southern Indiana (HSI) will award one summer salary stipend award of $4,000 to an eligible member of the University of Southern Indiana faculty. The project will begin in the summer of 2014 and must be completed by the end of the spring semester in 2015. For eligibility and guidelines, download the call for proposals document. Application deadline is November 4, 2013.
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In The Community
Nancy Nichols-Pethick, Oil PaintingsNovember 1-27 @ Jasper Community Arts, Jasper | 812/482-3070 | www.jasperarts.org
34th Annual Victorian ChristmasNovember 17 - December 29 @ Reitz Home Musem, Evansville | 812/ | www.reitzhome.com/ Take a tour through the Reitz Home Museum as it shines with holiday decorations and celebrations. This gem of a home museum is extra special this time of year with decorators turning each room into an elegant version of Victorian Christmas Celebration. Special events opening day. Call for group tours. 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday (Last tour starts at 2:30 p.m.) Closed major holidays.
Nights Before Christmas Candlelight Tour of HomesNovember 29-30 @ Madison | 888/559-2956 | Celebrate the Christmas season while touring public sites and historic private homes. Friday 5-9 Saturday 3-9
USAP Antique Tractor PullNovember 29 - December 1 @ Gibson County Fairgrounds, Princeton | 270/929-5669 | www.usapuller.com
Christmas In The ParkNovember 29 - December 24 @ Hornady Park, Petersburg | 812/354-8155 |
Light Up CorydonNovember 30 @ Historic Downtown Corydon | 888/738-2137 | www.thisisindiana.org Make this a Christmas you'll always remember. Bring your family to Light Up Corydon and catch the holiday spirit together!
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