University of Southern Indiana
Historic Southern Indiana Teacher Workshop


Historic Southern Indiana has sponsored a wide variety of workshops and symposia for teachers, history students, heritage tourism professionals, and interested citizens. Learn more about our past programs and awards.

Educational Programs

Visit the Articles and Resources for Teachers pages to find a selection of publications from the programs listed below.

  • Getting From Here to There Teacher Workshops (2010-Present)
  • War of 1812 Symposia (2010-2012)
  • Lincoln Institute (2005-2009)

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 awarded individuals 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
For 14 years, this award recognized southern Indiana communities for their outstanding achievements in preservation, enhancement, and promotion of their distinctive heritage.

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 supported 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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