Southern Indiana Living

MAY-JUN 2018

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May/June 2018 • 35 Finding Adventure Family friendly activities throughout the region W ith the mercurial weather finally showing signs of sta- bilization, and the summer break dates fast approach- ing for schools, nearly everyone is in an- ticipation to visit exciting hotspots and create memories they can cherish forever. Of course, we often favor the pursuit of exotic locales over our own backyards, yet in Southern Indiana there lives a series of places that can take you on unimaginable journeys: traveling through history, tour- ing worlds underneath your feet, immers- ing yourself in breathtaking scenery, and of course, racing your heart on the tracks of the nation's first theme park. And the start of any journey worth the venture begins with a foundation in the history behind it. Located in Jasper, Indiana, the Du- bois County Museum houses an awe- inspiring series of exhibits. Currently, the museum has 50,000 square feet of exhibit space showcasing approximately 22 per- cent of the museum's total collection of over 40,000 artifacts. These artifacts and exhibits include everything from cap- tivating photos, uniforms and letters from the Civil War to a wealth of sports memorabilia that retraces Dubois' sports programs and history dating to the 1800s. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the fantastic historical complexity on display. Accord- ing to Kathy Bachman, secretary for the board of directors, all artifacts are either from the county itself or were owned by people from Dubois County. Throughout the year, the museum also hosts special events. On June 16, mu- seum volunteer Joe Schoenbachler will demonstrate fly tying for fly fishing. The Harrison County Discovery Center, which is across from Indiana's first State Capitol building in historic Corydon, also provides continual sprees of discovery and investigation into the realms of Indiana's development. Science, history, Indiana's cave systems and his- torical figures are all featured in exhibits inside the center. Barb Ehinger, director of historical assets for the Harrison County Parks Department (as well as director of the Harrison County Discovery Center) said that one of the purposes of the cen- ter is to "act as a starting point, or hub, to send people out to learn more." The center focuses on making sure their galleries are not only educational but interactive as well. Some of the interac- tive galleries in the Archivist's Office do not simply show you their history — they will even talk to you about it. The center is also home to a 360-degree theater that puts its viewers into the fray of the Battle of Corydon — one of only two battles rec- ognized north of the Mason-Dixon Line during the Civil War. During the eight- minute film, guests are immersed into a surreal experience with so much hap- pening around them at all angles, many guests feel the need to watch the film sev- eral times to catch every detail. Ehinger said that the center can be experienced in "layers." From young children (who en- joy pressing an iPad to make birds sing) to seniors, Ehinger points out that the center has a layer for everyone to enjoy, engage in and hopefully continue exploring out- side the center. And speaking of exploring, Indiana is home to several underground cave sys- tems (or caverns), all with unique forma- tions and stories. Squire Boone Caverns, which houses "the largest rimstone dams in any commercial cave in the United States," according to director Claudia Yundt, recently opened up its first new tour since 1973. This new passageway adds more formations for viewing to the older passage's stunning collection of "columns, stalactites, stalagmites and rim- stone dams," Yundt said. The limestone within the caves dates anywhere from 225 to 350 million years old. Within these an- cient limestone labyrinths, various species of bats (Big Brown, Little Brown, Eastern Red and Big Gray) and other animals such Special Section: Summer Fun Story by Jon Watkins Photos submitted by the Harrison County Discovery Center The Harrison County Discovery Center provides continual sprees of discovery and investigation into the realms of Indiana's development. Cave systems and historical figures are all featured in exhibits inside the center. Harrison County Discovery Center Cave Exhibit

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