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Monday, August 08, 2011

Tell City to receive 2011 Community Legacy Award from USI's Historic Southern Indiana

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USI's Historic Southern Indiana will present the 2011 Community Legacy Award to Tell City during the town's annual Schweizer Fest which celebrates the founding of the town. The award presentation will immediately follow the 6 p.m. Tell City High School band concert on Wednesday, August 10 in the town's City Hall Park.

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.

Founded in 1858 with a population of over 7,400, Tell City will be recognized for its historic culture, preservation of original structures, and respect for heritage. Accomplishments of the town include the current renovation of an 1885 Italianate building by Indiana Historic Landmarks, establishment of the Tell City Historical Society for preservation of historic character, the formation of a downtown development committee to enhance existing business opportunities, and the creation of a Beautification Committee.

"Tell City is a perfect example of a community that takes pride in itself and truly has a sense of place," said Leslie Townsend, director of Historic Southern Indiana. "From free family-friendly events to projects that help preserve the towns culture, the community is involved and committed to promoting and protecting its heritage."

The Tell City community will receive a $1,000 cash award that will be reinvested into the community and a plaque for public display.

This is the eleventh year for the Community Legacy Award. Previous recipients include Aurora, Bedford, Ferdinand, Jeffersonville, Madison, New Albany, New Harmony, Orleans, Rising Sun, 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 Division of Outreach and Engagement.



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