University of Southern Indiana

Virtual Community Conversations

Who was Jane Blaffer Owen? 
June 11, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Her mark is everywhere in New Harmony, her mission and vision are still felt… and a dinner party conversation is not complete without a wonderful and inspiring story about her.  Who was Jane Blaffer Owen?  Join us for a bit of history about this amazing woman and hear from those who knew her personally as we learn about what drove her, how she made big ideas happen in a small town and the importance of her leadership of New Harmony as we move forward.

Abigail Owen-Pontez, Granddaughter of Jane Blaffer Owen
Connie Weinzapfel, Director Emerita of Historic New Harmony
Docey Lewis, Artist, Cultural Entrepreneur, and Robert Lee Blaffer Board Member
Nancy Mangum McCaslin, Editor of New Harmony, Indiana: Like a River, Not a Lake

See the conversation here: Who Was Jane Blaffer Owen?

"New Harmony: How it All Began"

June 25th, 1:00-2:00 p.m. CT
The magic and attraction of New Harmony is as real today as it was for the first people who settled the area – peaceful, good soil, abundant fish and wildlife, easy transportation and something almost spiritual. But, did you know that our history began well before the 1800s with the Native Americans? Join us for a fascinating discussion that begins hundreds of years ago through today with many threads that connect all of the people who live and visit this “utopian” destination.

Dr. Michael Strezewski, Associate Professor of Anthropology at USI
Dr. J. Casey Harison, Professor of History and Director of the Center for Communal Studies at USI
Andrew Wilson, Former Town Council Member, Community Organizer, and Business Owner

See the conversation here: How It All Began

"Historic New Harmony: A Virtual Tour"

July 16th, 1:00-2:00 p.m. CT
Have you ever contemplated a visit to the historic town of New Harmony, Indiana but just haven’t made it yet? Join us for a virtual tour of some of our most popular and fascinating sites, with some of our wonderful interpreters narrating the experience live and answering questions. New Harmony’s history spans hundreds of years and sites include beautifully preserved cabins, Harmonist and Owen-period homes, artifacts and interestingly enough, an icon of modern architecture!

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