Pam Jackson: Guest Blogger - Guest Services
The first month of 2012 has flown by, and usually by mid-winter things are pretty quiet in central Indiana. However, 2012 is no ordinary winter in Indianapolis!

Being from Oklahoma, I’ve been a football fan as long as I can remember, but I didn’t become a pro football fan until I moved to Indiana in the 1990s. This past Colts season was heartbreaking for lots of fans, but the excitement of Indianapolis hosting Superbowl XLVI has helped ease the pain. I won’t be attending the big game, unless “attending” means sitting in my living room with friends and lots of snacks, but just being this close makes me feel part of the action.
Conner Prairie is getting in on the excitement of Super Bowl XLVI, too. Even though downtown Indy is a good distance from Fishers, we hope to be able to welcome not only out-of-town guests, but lure back some of the locals with our Super Cars exhibit Feb. 2-5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check out Conner Prairie’s homepage for details about this special weekend activity. And for those who mourn the end of football season, good news! Our Science Lab is hosting The Science of Football during the months of February and March. Come learn all about the game and extend the season just a little longer.

Don’t forget about us after the big game, though. We still have our indoor exhibits open, including Discovery Station, the new Science Lab exhibit, and Craft Corner. If the kids are getting restless during February and March, The Welcome Center has plenty to offer to relieve cabin fever!
Posted: 1/31/2012 4:15:24 PM by Pam Jackson | with 0 comments

Jenna Gehlhausen: Guest Blogger - Horizon Council Communications
2012 is an exciting year for me, because this will be the first full year that I’ll be a member of the Conner Prairie Horizon Council. On one hand, despite the cliché, I feel like it was just yesterday that I joined. On the other hand, I feel like I’ve been with the organization forever, and I mean that in the best possible way.

I joined the CPHC in the summer of 2011 alongside my best friend. She and her family have always been fans of Conner Prairie, and she had learned about the CPHC through one of her recent visits. At her urging, I signed up for the newsletters and dedicated myself to my first meeting.

The first meeting was completely galvanizing. It brought back a flood of memories that I had about Conner Prairie as a child and I left with questions about how I had let my life become so busy that I had failed to visit Conner Prairie for so long, and questions about how I could possibly prevent someone else from falling into a pattern of inactivity.

But I had already started to answer that last question by joining the Horizon Council which is a group of young professionals looking to drive our demographic to Conner Prairie. There’s more than enough exciting things to do here – we just need to remind our peers that we’re still the same amazing Conner Prairie that you remember as a child.

My role with CPHC is to keep everyone in the loop. When you get so many amazing professionals into one group, the logistics of meeting and organizing can become a real mess. Fortunately, all the CPHC members are wholeheartedly committed to the group, which makes my job a little easier. 

I can’t wait to see what the future has in store not just for us, but for Conner Prairie. If you’re a young professional and love Conner Prairie, please consider checking us out. We’d love to have you!
Posted: 1/26/2012 2:07:31 PM by Jenna Gehlhausen | with 0 comments

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