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New Harmony celebrates bicentennial with capstone week

New Harmony celebrates bicentennial with capstone week

7/31/2014 | University Communications

New Harmony, Indiana, caps off its bicentennial year with 10 days of events – including some in partnership with the University of Southern Indiana - August 1 through 10.

Below are events associated with the University. For more, check out the full New Harmony Bicentennial Capstone Week schedule.

August 2

Disputed Likenesses, 7 p.m., Atheneum.

Disputed Likenesses are representations of the characters, stories and worlds of Kcymaerxthaere, a global work of multidimensional storytelling by Eames Demetrois.

August 2-9

Bicentennial House Open House, 2 to 4 p.m., 708 S. Main Street.

The Bicentennial House project included a design competition in 2011. Architects were asked to design a house inspired by the original single-family homes built by New Harmony’s founding community, the Harmonie Society (1814-1824). The winning design was by architect and USI instructor Rupert Condict of Evansville. New Harmony resident Kent Parker, in cooperation with the Kent and Laurie Parker Family Foundation, engaged master craftsman Ralph Glaser to build the house on a lot on Main Street.

August 6

Bicentennial House Reception, 5 to 7 p.m., 708 S. Main Street.

Hagemann Award for Musical Performance, 8 p.m., Thrall’s Opera House.

Philip Hagemann, formerly of Mt. Vernon, Indiana, and now of New York City, is a composer and conductor who founded the Hagemann Award for Musical Performance, a competition for Posey County Indiana high school students. 

August 7

“New Harmony: Crossroads of Geology,” 7 p.m., Working Men’s Institute.

Opening of exhibit prepared by Dr. Bill Elliott, associate professor of geology at USI. Elliott received a New Harmony Outreach and Engagement grant for the project on the history of geology in New Harmony.

August 8

The World Salutes New Harmony, 7 p.m., Murphy Auditorium.

The keynote speaker for this event is Lorna Davidson, director of New Lanark Trust. USI President Linda L. M. Bennett also will speak. 

August 9

Bicentennial Parade, 10 a.m., Main Street.

Historic New Harmony is a unified program of the University of Southern Indiana and the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. For more information, call 812-682-4488 or email

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