Historic Southern Indiana To Sponsor Teacher Workshop October 10


The University of Southern Indiana’s Historic Southern Indiana and Indiana’s Historic Pathways will sponsor a workshop for teachers, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST Tuesday, October 10 at the Dubois County Museum in Jasper. The workshop, Getting from Here to There: The Story of the Buffalo Trace,” is aimed at third- and fourth-grade teachers, but is open to anyone who would like to attend.

Participants will discover innovative ways to tell the story of community, early settlement and westward migration using Indiana’s teaching standards. This year’s workshop focuses on the impact of the Buffalo Trace, a pathway formed in the early 1700’s as bison migrated to and from the Great Plains to the Falls of the Ohio.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Cheryl Munson, Archaeologist and Assistant Scientist, Indiana University, to speak on Native American use of the Trace
  • Frank Doughman, Superintendent, George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, to talk about the military use of the Trace and the Indiana Rangers
  • David Ruckman, Surveyor, Surveyors, Planners and Consultants, to speak about early surveyors and how surveyors have located much of the trace on the ground today
  • Charles Moman, Composer and Former Teacher, to highlight his original music
  • An operating partner from Red Frazier Bison Ranch
  • Teacher panel discussing innovative uses of the activities

Registration is $25 and includes lunch and educational materials. Elementary schools along the Buffalo Trace have already been given a box of items representing the history of the Trace to use in hands-on lessons with their students and participants will receive a new item to add to their school’s box.

Registration also can be completed online with course number HSI950 or by calling USI Outreach and Engagement at 812-464-1989. The deadline to register is September 30.

Historic Southern Indiana, a program within USI Outreach and Engagement, was created in 1986 to serve the southernmost 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. For more information, contact Historic Southern Indiana at 800-489-4474, 812-465-7014 or hsi@usi.edu.


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