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USI’s Historic Southern Indiana to host teacher workshop October 8

USI’s Historic Southern Indiana to host teacher workshop October 8

9/10/2019 | University Communications
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The University of Southern Indiana’s Historic Southern Indiana and Indiana’s Historic Pathways will host a workshop for teachers, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT Tuesday, October 8 at the Dubois County Museum in Jasper. The workshop, Getting from Here to There: The Story of the Buffalo Trace,” is aimed at third, fourth and fifth grade teachers, but is open to anyone who would like to attend.

This year's workshop focuses on the impact of the Buffalo Trace, a pathway formed by bison migrating through southern Indiana and later used by Native Americans and settlers. Through expert speakers and a panel of fellow educators, participants will learn how this pathway tells the story of southern Indiana’s history and how to use innovative learning ideas to bring this information back to the classroom.

Speakers include:

  • Cheryl Munson, archaeologist and assistant scientist, Indiana University, to speak on Native American use of the Trace
  • Frank Doughman, superintendent, George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, to talk about the military use of the Trace and the Indiana Rangers
  • David Ruckman, surveyor, Surveyors, Planners and Consultants, to speak about early surveyors and how surveyors have located much of the trace on the ground today
  • Charles Moman, Composer and Former Teacher, to highlight his original music
  • John Bauert and Vince Ross from the Indiana Postal History Society to speak about postal route history
  • Teacher panel discussing innovative classroom projects and activities


Registration is $10 and includes lunch and educational materials. The deadline to register is Tuesday, October 1. Registration can be completed online or by calling USI Outreach and Engagement at 812-464-1989.  Substitute teacher stipends up to $75 are available for the first 15 teachers to register and request one. Elementary schools along the Buffalo Trace have already been given a box of items representing the history of the Trace to use in hands-on lessons with their students and participants will receive a new item to add to their school’s box.

This program has been made possible through a grant from Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Historic Southern Indiana, a program within USI Outreach and Engagement, was created in 1986 to serve the southernmost 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. For more information, contact Historic Southern Indiana at 800-489-4474, 812-465-7014 or hsi@usi.edu.

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