A History of Local High School Football by Dan Engler

VCHS HS FOOTBALL

Dan Engler’s passion for covering Reitz high school football and sports in general began over 20 years ago. In high school, he played for the Panthers and served on the staff of the Reitz Mirror. Shortly after his graduation in 1996, he created what has become Indiana’s oldest high school football website, ReitzFootball.com.

After creating a sister site now known as AlmanacSports.com, Engler, along with his brother Joe, have chronicled the history of Southwestern Indiana high school football and soccer.

In addition to his online work, Engler’s writing has been published in several local newspapers, including the Evansville Courier & Press. He also worked for the now-defunct NEWS25 Sports Channel providing live statistics for their weekly live games and has refereed football for 20 years.

Dan’s talk will cover all teams with a heavy focus on traditional powerhouses over time.

September 22 @ 6:30 pm8:00 pm  

Willard Library

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Evansville Day Parade Video Presentation

Evansville Day Parade Video Presentation

The Vanderburgh County Historical Society and the Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science will sponsor a new, never before seen video of the Evansville Day Parade of June 23, 1945. The Evansville Day Parade celebrated Evansville’s contribution to the war effort during World War II.. Video footage will show military hardware and personnel, the Central High School and Lincoln High School marching bands, floats from major manufacturers in the Evansville area — Republic Aviation, Servel, Bootz Manufacturing and others — and the Evansville built USS Vanderburgh at Dress Plaza. Representatives from the VCHS and Evansville Museum will provide historical insight into this parade as part of the presentation.

This five minute color video is the first of several videos the Vanderburgh County Historical Society will be unveiling in 2016. These videos are sourced from 16 MM film donated to VCHS by the family of Janet Noelting Robinson.

The Evansville Day Parade presentation will be at 6:30 PM on Thursday, June 16, 2016 in the Koch Immersive Theater of the Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science at 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville, Indiana 47713-1098.

Seating in the Koch Immersive Theater is limited. Please make reservations at the Evansville Museum at 812-425-2406.

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Terry Hughes, President of the Vanderburgh County Historical Society

Evansville Historic Preservation Month Information

EVANSVILLE HISTORIC PRESERVATION MONTH

Evansville’s Department of Metropolitan Development, Preservation Alliance of Evansville, and the Reitz Home Museum present a full slate of lectures, tours, activities, and events. 

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Linda Eales, Samara Trust

Associate Curator

Saturday, May 28, 11a.m. Reitz Home Carriage House, 224 S.E. First St.

“Usonian architecture

 and SAMARA”

     Samara, the home of John and Catherine Christian, is the Usonian style house in West Lafayette designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.  In 1956 when this house was erected, Evansville’s William Wesley Peters was Wright’s primary assistant.

    Eales’ program covers the fascinating story behind this home.  She will discuss the signature architectural innovations of Wright’s design found here.  The Usonian architectural style, of which this is an example, will also be explained.

    Considered a premier example of Wright’s work, Samara is now listed as a National Landmark.

   After Ms. Eales program, Preservation Alliance of Evansville, will announce its Preservation Awards.


Post-Program Tour of

Peters-Margedant House

     Saturday, May 28, 1:30p.m.-3:00p.m. Located at 1506 E. Indiana Street.  The Peters-Margedant House, a Usonian prototype designed and built by Evansville native and Frank Lloyd Wright protégé William Wesley Peters, will be open for tours.  This little home has nearly all of the features that Wright later incorporated in his Usonian design.


Haynie’s Corner First Friday Walk

     Friday, May 6, 6:30p.m.-8:00p.m.  Gather in front of the Alhambra Theatre, 50 Adams Ave.  Haynie’s Corner has become a vibrant neighborhood in our city that is celebrated on the First Fridays of the month.  Learn about this area as its fascinating history and unique and varied architecture are highlighted and explained.  The history and architecture of the building now housing some of the city’s most popular restaurants will be special features.  Guide: Larry Bristow


Bayard Park Tour

     Monday, May 16, RESCHEDULED Tuesday, May 24, 6:30p.m.-8:00p.m.  Tour originates at East Branch Library, 840 E. Chandler Ave.  Mrs. Samuel Bayard’s gift of ten acres in 1901 signaled development of the park.  There are superb representation of early 20th century architectural styles found around the park – Prairie, Georgian Revival, Bungalow, American Foursquare, and Tudor.  Guide: Dennis M. Au 


Lamasco: Evansville’s Other Historic City

    Tuesday, May 17 RESCHEDULED Wednesday, May 24, 6:30p.m.-8:30p.m. Walking tour starts from Dairy Queen parking lot, 901 W. Franklin St. parking lot.  Lamasco was platted as a rival independent city to the north and west of Evansville in 1837.  Though it merged with Evansville in 1857, the area still has special character.  See homes, businesses, and churches that give this part of town its lasting unique personality. Guide: Joseph Engler 


Downtown Transportation History

    Thursday, May 19, 6:30p.m.-8:00p.m.  Meet at N.W. Fourth and Vine Streets – south corner of the Old Courthouse.  As Evansville evolved through history, the downtown always was the transportation hub of the region.  Here there were steamboats, canal boats, trains, trolley cars, and this was the place where the community was introduced to the ‘horseless-carriage.’ See the places and buildings that still recall these eras of our past.  Guide: Dennis M. Au


Riverside Neighborhood: 21st Century

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     Saturday, May 21, 2:00p.m.-4:00p.m. Gather at Reitz Home Carriage House 224 S.E. First Street.  Enter the 21st Century with this groundbreaking tour!  Mr. Jon Carl’s Reitz High School ‘Feel the History’ class researched and produced thirty-six video histories of homes in the Riverside District.  What brings this into the 21st century is that you can access these histories on your smart phone through QR codes!  Tour starts with Mr. Carl giving a history of the project and instruction on how to access the videos on your smart phone.  Next, Mr. Au will take the group on a short walk.  This will be a combination of the traditional tour-guide’s presentation and opportunities for you to access the appropriate videos on your phone.  Tour Guides: Jon Carl and Dennis M. Au


Oak Hill Cemetery

     Sunday, May 22, 2:00p.m.-4:00p.m. Tour departs from the veteran’s memorial to the right of the main entrance. Two walking tours will be offered simultaneously – one featuring the 19th century section of the cemetery and the other the 20th century portion. This year, at one stop on each tour, history will come back to life, with a costumed actor portraying a noted person buried in the cemetery.  Each tour features Evansville history and biography and touches on the tombstone art and symbolism.  You will see why Oak Hill Cemetery richly deserves to be on the National Register of Historic Places.  Guides: Jane Davies and Dennis M. Au; Costumed portrayals: Malania Ripley and Chris Ripley


Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Coliseum: Centennial Tour
Tuesday, May 10, 6:30p.m.-8:00p.m. Starts on the front steps of the Coliseum, 350 Court St.  A century ago, construction started on the Coliseum, one of downtown Evansville’s monumental pieces of architecture.  In addition to a walk around the building, this includes a tour of the fascinating treasurers of the interior.  Celebrate the centennial of this Evansville Landmark! Guides: Shelia Acker, Mark Acker, Barbara Kortz, and Dennis M. AuSoldiers and Sailors Memorial Coliseum: Centennial Tour


Old Vanderburgh County Courthouse – County Legal History Museum Tour

    Sunday, May 15, 2:00p.m.-4:00p.m. Gather in the main rotunda on the first floor of the building. Guided tour begins in the legal history museum and the restored Superior Courtroom. The Vanderburgh County Bar Association recently assembled this interpretive museum and restored the courtroom to its Victorian splendor.  After seeing the exhibit and courtroom, the tour covers both the interior and exterior of this magnificent building.  Guides:  Kristen Comer and Dennis M. Au.


Owen Block Restoration

Wednesday, May 18, 6:00p.m.-7:30p.m.  This program is scheduled for the Reitz Home Carriage House, 224 S.E. First St.  The Owen Block, a stunning 1880 Second Empire row-house fell into ruin.  With the support of grass-roots preservationists and Indiana Landmarks, award-winning restoration contractor Mike Martin of Architectural Renovators stepped forward and saved this treasure from imminent collapse.  Martin will give a contractor’s perspective on rescuing this building from stabilization to making it ready for tenants later this year.  After the talk, Martin will tour the group around the exterior of the building.


Evansville Day Presentation and Video

Evansville Day Presentation and Video

The Vanderburgh County Historical Society and the Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science will sponsor a new, never before seen video of the Evansville Day Parade of June 23, 1945. The Evansville Day Parade celebrated Evansville’s contribution to the war effort during World War II.. Video footage will show military hardware and personnel, the Central High School and Lincoln High School marching bands, floats from major manufacturers in the Evansville area — Republic Aviation, Servel, Bootz Manufacturing and others — and the Evansville built USS Vanderburgh at Dress Plaza. Representatives from the VCHS and Evansville Museum will provide historical insight into this parade as part of the presentation.

This five minute color video is the first of several videos the Vanderburgh County Historical Society will be unveiling in 2016. These videos are sourced from 16 MM film donated to VCHS by the family of Janet Noelting Robinson.

The Evansville Day Parade presentation will be at 6:30 PM on Thursday, June 16, 2016 in the Koch Immersive Theater of the Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science at 411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville, Indiana 47713-1098.

Seating in the Koch Immersive Theater is limited. Please make reservations at the Evansville Museum at 812-425-2406.

Terry Hughes, President of the Vanderburgh County Historical Society

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Historian James H. Madison lecture on Two Hundred Years of Indiana

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Noted Historian to Present Overview of Indiana’s History

As a prelude to Indiana’s bicentennial celebration in 2016, noted historian James H. Madison will present the lecture Two Hundred Years of Indiana at the Evansville Museum on Wednesday, September 23 at 6:30 p.m. Madison will present an overview of our past–from Hoosier pioneers, through the Civil War, to the 21st century. His illustrated talk will highlight connections between past and present and, as we celebrate our 200th birthday, help us think about our future.
Madison is the Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor Emeritus of History, at Indiana University, Bloomington. An award-winning teacher, he has also taught at Hiroshima University, Japan, and at the University of Kent, Canterbury, England. Jim serves on the boards of Indiana Humanities and the Indiana Historical Society and as a member of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission.

He is the author of several books, including Eli Lilly: A Life; A Lynching in the Heartland: Race and Memory in America; Slinging Doughnuts for the Boys: An American Woman in World War II. His most recent book is Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana, co-published by the Indiana Historical Society Press and Indiana University Press.

For complimentary reservations telephone the Evansville Museum at 812-425-2406.

This lecture is presented by the Vanderburgh County Historical Society and the Evansville Museum.

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North Main Historical Walking Tour Part One

What: As part of May’s Historic Preservation Month in Evansville, Jacobsville Join In is partnering with the Vanderburgh Historical Society to bring a Historical Walking Tour to the North Main industrial corridor in the Jacobsville neighborhood. The community is invited to join the tour of North Main Street near Garvin Park and the old factories and warehouses along Morgan Avenue. Tour begins at 5:30 p.m. and departs from the Bosse Field parking lot on Thursday, May 14th.

Who:  ECHO Housing Corporation’s Jacobsville Join In, Vanderburgh Historical Society, Joe Engler (local historian, founder of historicevansville.com, and guide) and interested individuals.

Where: Meet at the Bosse Field parking lot, Evansville, IN

When: Thursday, May 14, 2015, 5:30 p.m.

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Indiana House Bill 1001

Indiana House Bill 1001 (the state budget bill) includes a proposed 24% cut in funding to the Indiana State Library, including elimination of the Genealogy Department at the State Library and a 10% reduction in Indiana State Library staff. Today VCHS President Chris Cooke, with the backing of the VCHS board of directors, responds to these cuts. Click here (pdf) for a copy of the letter being sent to area legislators. Please feel free to share this letter and contact your legislator with any comments or concerns.

Britten’s War Requiem

The Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus is gearing up to present a beautiful, historic performance titled Britten’s War Requiem: A Tribute To Our Veterans. The performance will take place November 15th at 7:00 p.m. in observance of the 100th anniversary of World War I.

Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem was first performed on May 30, 1962, and was commissioned to mark the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral in England, which was built after the original fourteenth-century structure was destroyed in a World War II bombing raid.

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More than fifty years after its premiere, Britten’s War Requiem remains one of the most lyrical, haunting, and poignant choral works performed today. The Orchestra is joined by organ, soloists, chorus, chamber orchestra and boys’ choir to portray Benjamin Britten’s musical imagery of war and peace. The composer created this masterpiece by weaving together texts from the Latin Mass with shocking depictions of battle by Wilfred Owen, a British poet who died in World War I.

Leading up to the November 15th performance, the community will host a series of free symposiums about the history and background of War Requiem. The times and locations of these discussions are as follows:

  • Wednesday, October 29, at 7 p.m. The first symposium will be held in Kleymeyer Hall (Liberal Arts 0101) at the University of Southern Indiana. This symposium will be led by Dr. James MacLeod, Professor of History at the University of Evansville; Dr. John Jordan, Professor of Music History and Literature at the University of Evansville; and Maestro Alfred Savia, Music Director for the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. The symposium’s focus will be on remembering World War I and World War II.
  • Wednesday, November 5, at 7 p.m. Held in SB 170 at the University of Evansville, the second of the symposiums will be led by Dr. James MacLeod, Dr. John Jordan, and Maestro Alfred Savia, and its focus will be the life and work of Benjamin Britten.
  • Wednesday, November 12, at 12 p.m. The final symposium will be held at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana (318 Main Street). This symposium will be led by Dr. James MacLeod and Maestro Alfred Savia, and its focus will be the War Requiem and its performance. This symposium will be free and presented as a Brown Bag Luncheon (bring your own lunch).

Tickets are still available for the performance on November 15th at 7:00 p.m. It will feature Janice Chandler Eteme as soprano, Matt O’Neill as tenor, and Jon Truitt as baritone. The Evansville Philharmonic Chorus will be led by Director Andrea Drury, and the Children’s Chorus (auditioned from area schools) will be led by Director Ben Boyer.

Southern Indiana Civil War Roundtable

roundtableThe Southern Indiana Civil War Roundtable will meet this Thursday, May 15th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of Police lodge at 801 Court Street in downtown Evansville. The meeting with feature a presentation from Joshua Claybourn on the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW).

The SUVCW is a fraternal organization dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of heroes who fought and worked to save the Union. “As legal heir to the Grand Army of the Republic, the SUVCW provides fascinating insight into post-Civil War fraternities and their efforts up to the present day,” said Claybourn. “This presentation will cover the history of the G.A.R. and SUVCW, along with their modern efforts to preserve Civil War history.”

The Southern Indiana Civil War Roundtable is open to anyone interested in learning more about the U.S. Civil War. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at the Evansville F.O.P at 7:00 p.m.

Joshua Claybourn is a local attorney and author. He currently serves on the board of the Newburgh Plan Commission, the Vanderburgh County Historical Society, and is a national officer of the SUVCW. He is also a past President and Trustee of Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library and a past board member of the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science.