Heritage Newsletter
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Spring 2013

· O'Bannon Award
· Community
  Conversation Series

· Fruits & Flowers
· HSI on Pinterest

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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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Historic Southern Indiana
University Southern Indiana
8600 University Boulevard
Evansville, IN 47712
Phone: 812/465-7014
Fax: 812/465-7061
Toll-free: 1-800-489-4474
Email: hsi@usi.edu
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Vincennes Historian Receives O'Bannon Award

Richard Day, historian at Vincennes State Historic Sites in Vincennes, Indiana, has been awarded the 2012 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.

Nominated by Bruce Beesley, vice president of Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, Day has led a variety of community and educational nonprofit organizations devoted to the preservation and education of Indiana heritage. Over the years, he has skillfully implemented several effective ways to educate an assortment of audiences and show them the importance of history.

For more than 30 years, Day has served as the foremost proponent of heritage education in Vincennes and Knox County. He has presented Indiana's history to students (elementary through college level) and the public and has collected research that has helped increase today's understanding of colonial and territorial Indiana. He has also illustrated and authored several books as an artist-in-residence, written newspaper articles on Indiana history, and authored multiple historical markers.

"Richard's research and scholarship have changed the way Indiana's colonial and territorial eras are viewed and interpreted today," said Beesley. "He has helped remove many old myths and unfounded stories and replaced them with documented examples from the past that makes Indiana’s history alive and relevant."

Day is an acknowledged expert resource for individuals interested in Indiana's early history and has set a standard for educational information based on facts. Organizations who have benefited from Day’s research include the Indiana Arts Commission, Indiana State Supreme Court, George Rogers Clark National Park, Indiana Landmarks, Vincennes University, City of Vincennes, Knox County, and Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites.

Additionally, Day has participated in almost every heritage and history education and preservation-focused entities in Knox County. He currently serves as president of the Vincennes Historical and Antiquarian Association, president of the Old Town Players community theatre, president of the Old Northwest Corporation, curator of the Michel Brouillet House and Indian Museum, and vice-chair of the Vincennes Historic District Review Board. He has also been involved with the Center for French Colonial Studies and the Indiana Historical Society, Fort Knox II committee.

"The range and breadth of his efforts through the years, and his impact on a whole generation of Vincennes and Knox County history lovers and heritage enthusiasts, is impossible to measure," said Beesley.

Evansville to Host Community Conversation Series

Evansville is one of four communities selected by Indiana Humanities to host a Community Conversation series this year. The theme of the series is "Bicentennial 2016: The Next Indiana." Historic Southern Indiana and other community organizations will use this opportunity to examine the city's history and work toward a plan of action to revitalize center core neighborhoods. Details, including date and location, will be announced by the end of summer.

This is the fifth year for the Community Conversation series, convened by Indiana Humanities and the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University. For more information about the program, visit IndianaHumanities.org.

Fruits & Flowers Trail

Southern Indiana is in full bloom, and it's a great time to hit the road and see what the region has to offer this spring. The Fruits & Flowers Trail features over 30 orchards, gardens, farm markets, restaurants, and wineries that celebrate local homegrown beauty and bounty. Visit each venue and pick up a local recipe or gardening tip to take home.

For more information about the trail, visit FruitsandFlowers.org. The Fruits & Flowers trail is a project of the Southern Indiana Regional Marketing Cooperative.

Historic Southern Indiana on Pinterest

Did you know that you can find Historic Southern Indiana on Pinterest? If you like to pin, be sure to check out our boards: