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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

ArchiCamp and Bicentennial House Design Competition voting at Kunstfest

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Brandi Schwartz
Marketing Coordinator
Outreach & Engagement
To honor the founding fathers of New Harmony, the New Harmony Business Associates will hold its annual Kunstfest, a German heritage festival, on Saturday and Sunday, September 17-18. Saturday's events are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday's events are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year, USI′s Historic New Harmony will sponsor a free one-day ArchiCamp program throughout the day on Saturday in the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art. Created in partnership with Indiana Landmarks, ArchiCamp engages children in community history and architecture. A craftsman will demonstrate traditional building techniques and children will have an opportunity to build an ideal model town. USI students enrolled in an Introduction to Historic Preservation course will work with participants and join Stewart Sebree, director of Historic Landmarks Foundation's Southwest Field Office, for a preservation-focused tour of New Harmony.

In anticipation of New Harmony′s 2014 bicentennial, architects from around the country recently submitted design concepts to the Bicentennial House Design Competition. Inspired by the Harmonist houses in New Harmony, submissions from three finalists are on exhibit in the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art where the public can vote for their favorite design through September 24. Historic New Harmony will donate the winning concept to the town of New Harmony.

Other Kunstfest activities will include music, traditional foods, craft demonstrations, horse drawn carriage rides, historic re-enactors, and more.

The New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art is located at 506 Main Street in New Harmony, Indiana. For more information, call 812/682-3156 or visit

Historic New Harmony is a unified program of the University of Southern Indiana and the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. Its office is part of Division of Outreach and Engagement.

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