University of Southern Indiana

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

January 28, 2014 Now accepting for the 2014 Community Legacy Award We are currently accepting applications for the 2013 Community Legacy Award. Through this award, HSI recognizes a southern Indiana community for its outstanding achievements in preservation, enhancement, and promotion of its distinctive heritage. Applications can be downloaded at

February 1, 2014 Cheryl Sermersheim Receives 2014 O'Bannon Award Cheryl Sermersheim has been awarded the 2013 Frank and Judy O'Bannon Heritage Enrichment Award. Presented by Historic Southern Indiana, the award recognizes an individual who is an exemplary model of community education activities. More information.

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In The Community

Chad Hartwig and James Henderson – Ceramics and PhotographsApril 2-28 @ Jasper Community Arts, Jasper   |   812/482-3070   |
Heritage Artisan’s DaysApril 23-25 @ Atheneum, New Harmony   |   812/682-4474   |
Ferdinand Herb & Garden DaysApril 25-27 @ Ferdinand   |   812/367-1238   |
Indian Creek Antique ShowApril 26 @ Old Town Store, Corydon   |   812/972-3982   | Make the short drive to the historic Corydon, IN home of Indiana's first state capitol for a fun filled adventure and hunt for your next treasure. The 153 year old Harrison County Fairgrounds will be full of the areas best antique dealers and their wide range of unique finds. Among those items you might find Primitives, Old Advertising, Furniture, Architectural Salvage, Collectibles, Art & Decor, Mantiques, and thousands of other Vintage & Retro Pieces.

Nature SleuthingApril 26 @ Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve, Evansville   |   812/479-0771 x102   | Short family-friendly hikes and activities with Master Gardener / Master Naturalist Debbie Goedde

Funk in the City Spring Art FestivalApril 26 @ Haynie’s Corner, Evansville   |   812/421-2200   |   Funk in the City Facebook page Regional art, food and fun festival!

Indian Creek Antique ShowApril 26 @ Harrison County Fairgrounds, Corydon   |   812/972-3982  
Open House at Musee de VenogeApril 26-27 @ Musee de Venoge historic site, Vevay   |   812/593-5726   | Explore history in this 1815 French-Swiss cottage in Switzerland County Indiana. The restored homestead welcomes the public with a select group of musicians and artisans demonstrating their talents and trades… some hands-on. Featured will be music, domestic arts, and early trades while hearth cooking will be ongoing. The French-Swiss weaver will be there again to entertain and show the process making linen, from flax to cloth. Free. Saturday 10am – 5 pm, Sunday Noon – 5 pm. Venoge is located on State Road 129 just 1 mile north of State Road 56 west of Vevay, Indiana.

52nd Annual Dogwood TourApril 26-27 @ Perry County   |   888/343-6262   |
National Junior Ranger Day -- School of the Soldier DayApril 26 @ George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, Vincennes   |   812/882-1776 ext. 207   |
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Historic Southern Indiana University of Southern Indiana
8600 University Boulevard
Evansville, IN 47712
Phone: 812/465-7014 | Fax: 812/465-7061 | Toll-Free: 1-800-489-4474
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