USI Historic New Harmony Heritage Artisans Days return in person in 2023


The University of Southern Indiana’s Historic New Harmony will host the 39th annual Heritage Artisans Days Wednesday through Friday, April 12-14. Artisans will demonstrate their professions and roles as they were in the 19th century. Students from the Tri-state area will hear and see how these artisans lived and worked in the early days of New Harmony. 

This year’s artisans include a weaver, candle dipper, an 1800’s ship captain, rope maker and more. Attendees will also receive lesson plans and classroom activities.  

“We are so excited to once again be offering Heritage Artisan Days in person,” says Leslie Townsend, Director of Community Engagement and Historic New Harmony, part of the University’s Outreach and Engagement division at USI. “This is the first in person event since 2019, and it provides a wonderful opportunity for students to engage in New Harmony’s rich cultural heritage and see history come to life.”  

Historic New Harmony tours will not run at the scheduled 1 p.m. time on these days, but the public is invited to enjoy the artisans as well between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., preferably in the afternoons. 

For more information on Heritage Artisan Days, visit  

Historic New Harmony is a program of the University of Southern Indiana. By preserving its utopian legacy, Historic New Harmony inspires innovation and progressive thought through its programs & collections. Its office is a part of USI’s Outreach and Engagement.