Newburgh, Indiana has been awarded the 2012 Community Legacy Award from USI’s Historic Southern Indiana (HSI). The award was presented on May 11 during the Celebrate Preservation Party hosted by Historic Newburgh, Inc. and the Town of Newburgh Historic Preservation Commission.
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 Carol Schaefer, executive director of Historic Newburgh, Inc., Newburgh is the oldest town in Warrick County. Over the years, the town has maintained historical preservation by erecting historical markers, completing restoration and renovation projects, developing heritage-related festivals and events, and more. In addition, the town will open Newburgh Museum on Friday, July 20, commemorating the capture of Newburgh by confederate forces in 1862.
The Community Legacy Award includes a $1,000 cash prize that will go to the Newburgh Museum Foundation, Inc. for the new museum.
Previous recipients of this award include Aurora, Bedford, Ferdinand, Jeffersonville, Madison, New Albany, New Harmony, Orleans, Rising Sun, Tell City, and West Baden Springs.
Historic Southern Indiana, an outreach and engagement project of USI, was created in 1986 to serve the southern 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. Its office is a part of USI's USI's Division of Outreach and Engagement.
Leslie Townsend (right), director of Historic Southern Indiana, presents the 2012 Community Legacy Award to Todd Titzer (left), president of Historic Newburgh, Inc., and Carol Schaefer, center, executive director of Historic Newburgh, Inc.