Heritage Newsletter
In This Issue
January 2011

· HSI Introduces Heritage
· O'Bannon Award

· IHP Teacher Workshop
· Photo Contest Winners
· Community Legacy

· Scenic Byway News

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About HSI
Historic Southern Indiana is an outreach program of the University of Southern Indiana that seeks to identify, preserve, enhance, and promote the historic, natural, and recreational resources of the region for the benefit of visitors and citizens.

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Evansville, IN 47712
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HSI Introduces the Heritage eNewsletter

Historic Southern Indiana would like to introduce Heritage, our quarterly e-newsletter. Heritage will cover HSI happenings such as upcoming events, awards, and news on the Ohio River Scenic Byway and Indiana's Historic Pathways.

O'Bannon Award Presented at Annual Meeting

HSI Director Leslie Townsend presents the 2010 O'Bannon Award to Karen Schwartz

Karen Schwartz, president of the Historical Society of Harrison County in Corydon, Indiana, received the 2010 Frank and Judy O'Bannon Heritage Engagement Award at Historic Southern Indiana's annual meeting on October 25, 2010 in Cannelton, Indiana. Presented by HSI, the award recognizes an individual who is an exemplary model of community education activities.

"Karen Schwartz has reorganized and revitalized the Historical Society of Harrison County," said Vi Eckart, director of the Harrison County Public Library, who nominated Schwartz for the award. "She has been particularly vigilant in passing on the rich history of Harrison County to young people by producing literature and programming specifically targeted to bring history alive for students."

Schwartz has coordinated several historical books on Harrison County, including Harrison County History and Families, Harrison County Pictorial, and The Harrison County Fair Sesquicentennial Booklet. She has produced calendars on Harrison County buildings, townships, barns, and the Harrison County Fair.

Schwartz has also developed a variety of materials about Harrison County that have been placed in elementary school classrooms. These materials include an informational brochure called "Who Put the Harrison in Harrison County?" and a booklet called "Historic Corydon, Indiana from A-Z."

"Flags Over Corydon," an interpretive project also developed by Schwartz, identifies 35 flags that have flown over downtown Corydon throughout the town's history. "There was no signage to document each flag's name and historical significance," said Eckart. "Karen designed interpretive plaques and bolted them to each pole, making the Flags over Corydon site self-interpreting for students and other visitors to the site."

Schwartz accepted the award at the Historic Southern Indiana annual meeting. The event was organized by the Hoosier National Forest and the Perry County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Teena Ligman, public affairs specialist at the Hoosier National Forest, presented a program on the history of the Hoosier National Forest in celebration of its 75th anniversary.

Indiana's Historic Pathways' First Teacher Workshop

Joe “Grey Eagle” Wright performing a traditional Native American song Over 40 third and fourth grade teachers attended the Indiana's Historic Pathways' first teacher workshop on October 5, 2010. The theme of this year's workshop was "Getting from Here to There: The Story of Southern Indiana's Transportation Routes."

The workshop focused on the transportation history, natural resources, Native American culture, and railroad industry of the area. Speakers included Dr. James Madison, Joe "Grey Eagle" Wright, Harold Alison, and Dan Terrell.

A panel discussion with current teachers explored ways to use class projects as a way to teach students about Indiana's early transportation routes. Teachers also received a kit with items pertaining to the history of the byway which can be used as a hands-on classroom project.

Photos from the event are located at Indianashistoricpathways.org

Indiana's Historic Pathways "Take a Shot"
Photo Contest Winners Announced

Summer Rain by Rachel Wofle - Adult Category Winner     It's All in Your Perspective - Youth Category Winner

Indiana's Historic Pathways, a state scenic byway that receives administrative support from Historic Southern Indiana, has announced the winners of the 2010 "Take a Shot" photo contest.

Rachel Wolfe of Oregon, Illinois, won the $500 award in the adult category for her "Summer Rain" submission taken in Vincennes, Indiana. In the youth category, Megan Kennedy of North Vernon, Indiana, won the $250 prize for her photo "It's All in Your Perspective," taken in Vernon, Indiana.

Open to amateur and professional photographers who reside in the United States, photos submitted to the contest must have been taken in southern Indiana along or near the byway. Photos entered into the contest will be used to promote the community as a preferred travel destination by showing great visitor experiences and opportunities.

Now Accepting Applications for the
2011 Community Legacy Award

Each year, Historic Southern Indiana recognizes a southern Indiana community for its outstanding achievements in preservation, enhancement, and promotion of its distinctive heritage. In addition, this 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.

The winning community will receive a $1,000 cash award to support heritage-related projects and a plaque of achievement for public display. These will be presented to the community at a public ceremony in May.

Applications are now available online at HSI's web site. The deadline to apply is March 4. Judges will review the applications, and the community will be notified in April.

For more information about the criteria and to download the application form, please visit the HSI web site.

Scenic Byway News

Indiana's Historic Pathways
Four informational planning sessions were held in October and November to inform and gain support from local residents and organizations.

Indianashistoricpathways.org launched on November 1, 2010. Three University of Southern Indiana classes created the web site as part of a service learning project, and it is maintained by HSI staff.

Ohio River Scenic Byway
The Indiana portion of the Ohio River Scenic Byway will celebrate its 15th anniversary this year.

An artisan trail along the byway called "By Hoosier Hands" is currently being developed.