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Dan Freas is the Vice President of Guest Experience here at Conner Prairie so when it comes to talking about the new 1863 Civil War Journey, opening June 4,  he’s the go-to guy. Dan has a personal connection with history. He’s been interested in learning more and more ever since he was a child and now he’s here, working on this new ground breaking experience!



1863 Civil War Journey will guide you through a unique, first-person view of the activities that led to the only Civil War battle that took place on Indiana soil. Discover what motivated them to take on a role in the war as you and your family gain a better understanding of the impact of historical events on everyday, ordinary people. Not to mention the theatrical wizardry, visual effects, sound, video, staging and sets that add to the overall experience. Civil War Journey is not about reading history, it’s about experiencing history.

Posted: 5/27/2011 11:20:20 AM by Conner Prairie | with 0 comments


Bob Noll from Boston Productions Inc has been working on 1863 Civil War Journey since the beginning. He has assisted in creating the theatrical wizardry and capturing the story of the raid in an experience unlike anything a museum has ever done before. Bob’s video below will give you a quick glimpse at the new Civil War Journey experience. Be sure to scroll down after the video for your chance to win an exclusive look at the new 1863 Civil War Journey: Raid on Indiana before it opens to the public.

5/25: Thanks to everyone who participated! Our winner has been notified. If they are unable to attend we will draw another name and notify that person.



One commenter will have the chance to win a family four (4) pack and an exclusive behind the scenes tour at 1863 Civil War Journey: Raid on Indiana. You will have a guide lead you through the experience, answer any questions you may have and even give you insider information about the mechanics and history behind it.

Here’s what you can to do:

1. Comment on this blog. Tell us what you are looking forward to most about the new 1863 Civil War Journey Experience.

2. If you want your name in the drawing again, share a link to the blog on your Facebook or twitter account. You can think of your own post or use this:
@ConnerPrairie’s new experience #1863CWJ opens to the public June 4th but I want to see it first! http://bit.ly/RCUKS

We will choose the winner on May 25th at noon.

**Note: the tour will be on May 28th between 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Posted: 5/23/2011 11:44:25 AM by Conner Prairie | with 10 comments


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