FISHERS, Ind. (April 12, 2012) Exactly 200 years ago, a war was raging right here in Indiana – the War of 1812. Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Indiana’s only Smithsonian affiliate, is commemorating this historic battle on April 21 and 22. For the first time ever, Conner Prairie will explore another era of war prior to the Civil War and allow guests to experience firsthand daily life as a soldier in the early 19th century.
Talented reenactors will be on-site to bring this tumultuous time to life in a historically accurate War of 1812 encampment. Guests can participate in infantry drills, watch artillery demonstrations, hear tales of heroism and survival straight from the battlefield and learn about the firearms and equipment used by soldiers. Experience how soldiers did everything from laundry to cooking in 1812. While battle reenactments will not occur, cannons will be fired at select times.
Many Hoosiers played vital roles in the War of 1812, including William Conner and his brother, John Conner. Both served as spies, scouts and interpreters for the Lenape Indians. Learn more about their direct ties during special presentations held at 1 p.m. each day.
Stop by Civil War Journey: Raid on Indiana to see members of Hoosier Ladies Aside demonstrate the art of side saddle riding through the ages. Discover why women rode horses side saddle and then see the ladies in action. Demonstrations will be at noon and 2 p.m. each day.
The Bicentennial of the War of 1812 will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 21 and 22. Admission is $14/adults, $13/seniors 65+, $9/youth (ages 2-12) and free for members and youth under 2. Conner Prairie outdoor areas are open to the public Thursdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the month of April.
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Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, created by Eli Lilly in 1934, is Indiana’s only Smithsonian Affiliate and a nonprofit organization that relies on sponsorships, grants and philanthropic gifts for sustainability and future growth. Families of today engage, explore and discover what it was like to live and play in Indiana’s past. Explore five themed historic areas on 200 beautiful, wooded acres including the newest exhibits, 1863 Civil War Journey: Raid on Indiana and 1859 Balloon Voyage that takes guests 350 feet above the prairie in a tethered helium balloon. Every visit is a unique adventure that provides an authentic look into the history that shapes us today. Visit connerprairie.org or call 317.776.6006 or 800.966.1836 for admission dates, hours, ticket prices and opportunities to donate. Connect with Conner Prairie on Facebook at facebook.com/connerprairie, Flickr at flickr.com/people/connerprairie, YouTube at youtube.com/user/ConnerPrairie and Twitter at twitter.com/connerprairie.