Follow the North Star
April 17, 18, 24 & 25, 2015
Reservations required: Call 317.776.6000
Program start times are staggered between 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Program length is 90 minutes
You must be age 12 or older for the program
Children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult
Follow the North Star Attendee Survey
You'll walk away with a lot to think about....
Become a runaway on the Underground Railroad, fleeing from captivity, risking everything for freedom. Follow the North Star plays out as an intense, living drama where guests become actors on a 200-acre stage, running from slave hunters and working together to navigate the Underground Railroad to freedom. This powerful program brings to life a pivotal period of our nations' history, and shines a light on issues of social injustice that we still struggle with today in schools and workplaces across the country.
On this journey, you'll come face-to-face with slave hunters, see fear and hope in the eyes of a fellow runaway and be encouraged by a Quaker family. Experience life as a fugitive slave during your journey through one of the most compelling periods in Indiana's history.
Conner Prairie’s nationally acclaimed, award-winning Follow the North Star experience, developed from years of extensive research, is unlike any other. This interactive glimpse into our shared past will affect you in ways that reading a book or watching a movie about it cannot.
Since 1998, more than 75,000 people have participated in this program, including about 41,000 students. Follow the North Star offers a powerful diversity training tool and effective educational experience for:
- Groups: Bring your civic, church or corporate group for a compelling experience.
- Individuals: Come alone or with friends and family.
- Schools: Bring school groups for daytime, age-appropriate programming. (Teachers - see our field trips section for ways to include your students in the program.) Or sign up for the Follow the North Star public evening program and pay $19 per student.
Follow the North Star is not for everyone. You should be prepared to take on the role of a runaway slave; you'll be walking outside on rough terrain in all kinds of weather, told to keep your eyes focused downward and spoken to in an abrupt manner.
What guests are saying about Follow the North Star
The experience is intense, at times angering or frightening. It is also powerful and memorable, and achieved the goal of getting our family talking and going on to learn more about slavery then and today.
Travel Writer Eilleen Ogintz
The Follow the North Star experience of traveling the Underground Railroad is one of the most powerful I've ever encountered at any museum. I'd recommend it as a terrific learning tool for any family with tweens and teens.
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Midwest Guest Blogger Dominique King
The terrain is unfamiliar, gunshots ring through the night, and menacing figures unleash a fusillade of demands and insults at me as I kneel in the mud. It's 1836. I'm a runaway slave, and I'm following the North Star in hopes of finding my freedom.
Read the full blog here
For more information or to make your reservation, please call Guest Services at 317.776.6000. This program is suitable for ages 12 and older; we cannot accept reservations for children under age 12. All minors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Guests: if you have attended Follow the North Star this season, we would appreciate your responses to our online survey about your experience. Thank you.
Click here to take survey
This project was funded in part by the Unrestricted Community Impact Grant Cycle of the Johnson County Community Foundation.