University of Southern Indiana


Educational Programs

Historic Southern Indiana sponsors workshops and symposia for teachers, history students, heritage tourism professionals, and interested citizens. These include the Indiana's Historic Pathways teacher workshop and the War of 1812 Bicentennial Symposium.

Awards and Fellowships

Frank and Judy O'Bannon Heritage Enrichment Award
Indiana's late Governor Frank O'Bannon and his wife Judy embodied the mission and goals of Historic Southern Indiana in their commitment to, and love of, the distinctive heritage of southern Indiana. Their belief in the identification, preservation, and promotion of those things that make communities special is especially evident in their support of programs benefiting youth. In their honor, Historic Southern Indiana will recognize individuals through the Frank and Judy O'Bannon Heritage Enrichment Award who have become an exemplary model of community education in such activities as community heritage, heritage/cultural tourism, historic preservation, and historical interpretation in the HSI region.

O'Bannon Awards Presented 
2005 Maxine Brown
2006 Linda Willis
2007 JoAnne Spiller
2008 LeAnn Luce
2009 James G. Waldon
2010 Karen Schwartz
2011 Norm Taylor
2012 Richard Day
2013 Cheryl Sermersheim

Community Legacy Award
Historic Southern Indiana recognizes a southern Indiana community for its outstanding achievements in preservation, enhancement, and promotion of its distinctive heritage. In addition, this 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.

Community Legacy Awards presented:
May 2000 West Baden Springs May 2001 Madison
May 2002 Orleans May 2003 Rising Sun
June 2004 Aurora June 2005 Jeffersonville
Sept. 2006 New Albany Sept. 2008 New Harmony
June 2009 Bedford June 2010 Ferdinand
August 2011 Tell City May 2012 Newburgh
August 2013 Shoals June 2014 Corydon

Darrel Bigham Historic Southern Indiana Faculty Engagement Award
The Darrel Bigham Faculty Engagement Fellowship provides one $4,000 salary stipend to support scholarly work in the areas of consulting, research, service learning, or creation of workshops/institutes by USI faculty.

Darrel Bigham Historic Southern Indiana Faculty Engagement Fellowship presented: 
2008  Karen Bonnell  Snapshots of Southern Indiana
2009 Katy Ehlman Preservation Through the Generations
2010 Michael Strezewski Taking Care of (old) Business: The 1970's Excavations at New Harmony
2011 Karen Bonnell Snapshots of Southern Indiana: Southern Indiana African American Heritage Project

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