USI’s Historic Southern Indiana (HSI) has awarded the 2014 Community Legacy Award to Corydon, Indiana. Awarded annually to a southern Indiana community for its outstanding achievements in preservation, enhancement and promotion of its distinctive heritage, the Community Legacy Award seeks to strengthen the quality of life for residents of and visitors to southern Indiana by paying tribute to excellence in standards of community development.
Nominated by Violet Eckart, director of Harrison County Public Library, Corydon was founded in 1808 and was the first state capitol. The town is the home of the Harrison County Fair, the oldest fair in the state that has continuously been held in the same location; Leora Brown School, the oldest standing black school in the state; and the Louisville, New Albany and Corydon Railroad, the shortest railroad in the state.
Much of downtown Corydon is on the National Register of Historic Places. Nine original buildings form the Capitol Period (1816-1825), including the First State Capitol, Governor Hendricks Headquarter, First State Office Building, Posey House, Westfall House, Heth House, Cedar Glade and Adams-Payne House, still stand in Corydon. These structures represent the town’s crown jewels of downtown restoration efforts.
The Historical Society of Harrison County was reorganized and revitalized in 2004 and has energized the community while adhering to their mission to preserve, protect, promote and interpret the history of Harrison County. The society has coordinated and executed numerous community programs and projects and has become vigilant in educating youth about their community.
Benefits of the Community Legacy Award include $1,000 to support heritage-related projects, an emblem of achievement for public display, recognition in a public ceremony with HSI board members and state and local officials, promotion through HSI's news services and newsletter, the ability to promote itself as an award-winning community in heritage preservation and tourism, use of the HSI logo in community promotional efforts and the ability to recognize those who persevered in heritage preservation, and provide support for future discussions over preservation.
Previous recipients of this award include Aurora, Bedford, Ferdinand, Jeffersonville, Madison, New Albany, Newburgh, New Harmony, Orleans, Rising Sun, Shoals, Tell City, and West Baden Springs.
Historic Southern Indiana, an outreach and engagement project of USI, was created in 1986 to serve the southern 26 counties of Indiana. Its goals are to identify, preserve, protect, enhance and promote the historical, natural and recreational resources of the region. It seeks to implement those goals through programs in historic preservation, history education, heritage tourism, community development and scenic byways. Its office is a part of USI Outreach and Engagement.