Leslie Townsend has been named interim director of the University of Southern Indiana’s Historic New Harmony, effective January 1, 2017. She is currently director of community engagement for the university’s outreach and engagement. Townsend will work closely with Connie Weinzapfel, current director of Historic New Harmony, until Weinzapfel’s retirement on December 31, 2016. Townsend brings nearly 20 years of experience working with a heritage-based outreach program that works in the areas of cultural/heritage tourism, historic preservation, history education and community engagement. She is a graduate of USI with a bachelor’s degree in history and sociology, and a master’s degree in liberal studies. Townsend has worked with Historic Southern Indiana, a regional heritage-based outreach program, since 1997, and became the director in 2008. She also directs Connect with Southern Indiana, a regional leadership development program. Townsend is also a board member of the newly-formed Visit Posey County. Historic New Harmony is a unified program of the University of Southern Indiana and the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites and operates under USI’s Outreach and Engagement. By preserving its utopian legacy, Historic New Harmony works to inspire renewal and fellowship between people and communities through its programs and collections.

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