4th Annual Indiana's Historic Pathways
The 4th annual Indiana's Historic Pathways teacher workshop is set for October 1 at the Lawrence County Museum of History in Bedford, Indiana. The workshop, "Getting from Here to There: The Story of Southern Indiana's Transportation Routes," will offer teachers innovative ways to tell the story of community, early settlement, and westward migration using Indiana's teaching standards. The workshop is geared toward 3rd and 4th grade teachers, but anyone is welcome to attend.
This year's topics include the Native Americans, forts, roads and bridges, and one room schools. A panel session will highlight classroom project ideas from current teachers. Attendees will receive a box of items representing the history of communities along the byway to use in hands-on lessons with their students.
Registration deadline is Wednesday, September 25. To register, call 800/467-8600 or visit our website.
Shoals receives 2013 Community Legacy Award
Historic Southern Indiana is pleased to announce Shoals as the recipient of the 2013 Community Legacy Award. 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 Dr. Janice Guthrie, consultant for Martin County Tourism, Shoals is located on
US 50 and 150, Indiana's Historic Pathways, and was selected as the seat of government for Martin County in 1844. A small community of 760, the town serves as an example to others in its sense of identity, history, unity, and hometown pride.
In 1937, several residents who recognized the rich history of the county founded the Martin County Historical Society. The goal of the group is to preserve the history of the town for future generations. Over the years, these individuals obtained the old county courthouse located in Shoals as a center for collecting artifacts including old photographs, history books, clothing, letters, and more. The courthouse is now known as the Martin County Historical Society and Museum and appears on the registry of historical sites.
Shoals conducted a survey in 2004 that focused on the revitalization and restoration of its downtown area. As a result of the survey, Main Street has been widened, new sidewalks have been constructed, benches and streetlights have been installed, and trees and flowers have been planted.
Throughout the year, Shoals hosts a variety of heritage related festivals and events. These include the Jug Rock Festival, Christmas Parade, Pancake Breakfast and Eater Egg Hunt, and Catfish Festival. These special events bind residents to each other, call back those who have moved away, and draw visitors from around the county.
Volunteers have played a significant role in the Shoals community. With the help of these individuals, the view at Overlook Park on US 50 has been cleared and the grounds, shelter, and restrooms are maintained. Volunteers have also painted the library and provided park benches along Main Street.
The Community Legacy Award includes a $1,000 cash prize. Shoals will use the funds to help construct a covered shelter on the lawn of the Martin County Museum. The shelter will maintain Shoal’s hometown atmosphere and provide a family-friendly location for events.
Connect with Southern Indiana Applications Due November
Connect with Southern Indiana is accepting applications for the 2014 class. Applications are due November
Connect with Southern Indiana is a regional leadership program sponsored by the University of Southern Indiana. This program seeks to boost Indiana's retention of intellectual capital and nurture active citizenship to enhance the quality of life in the region. At the heart of the program is strengthening critical thinking and encouraging connections that transcend traditional boundaries of towns and counties, benefitting the entire Southwest Indiana Region. Connect with Southern Indiana is open to residents in the following counties: Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick.
Applications and information on Connect with Southern Indiana can be found at http://www.usi.edu/extserv/outreach/connect.ASP. For questions about the program, contact Leslie Townsend at 812/465-7013.
Fall Trips with Drive Historic Southern Indiana
Fall is the perfect time to explore the beauty of southern Indiana. If you need a little help deciding where to visit this season, pick up or download a copy of HSI's driving tour brochure, Drive Historic Southern Indiana. It features six regional driving tours designed to give you a taste of southern Indiana's historic, natural, and recreational attractions.
Download the PDF or email us to have one mailed to you.
Southern Indiana Spotlight: Indiana Caverns
Opened to the public for the first time over the summer, Indiana Caverns is the longest cave system in the state and the 11th longest in the country. The cave was discovered in 2010 and is the
first new show cave in Indiana in 40 years. Tours include both walking sections and a boat ride as part of the new 80 minute tour. Features of the tour include a 35 foot waterfall, heights and depths, formations, and the bones of ice age animals.
Surface facilities include interpretive displays in the lobby and media room, a walking trail that relates karst features to the cave below, picnic area, a gemstone and fossil mining area, and a gift shop. Indiana Caverns is located just off SR 135, two miles south of Corydon Indiana. For more information, visit Indianacaverns.com.