The Measure of a Man - Kevyn Miller played a profound role at Conner Prairie, and in all of our lives

This past week while we all mourned the loss of Conner Prairie Livestock Manager Kevyn Miller, we also came together to celebrate the tremendous impact he had on our museum and to us personally. Kevyn’s smile, joy, and enthusiasm for livestock care and education were evident each day in the Animal Encounters Barn and through his mentoring of the Youth Agriculture Captains.
Kevyn embodied all the shared values we hold so dear at Conner Prairie. He had a heart for the past by cultivating and stewarding a Heritage Breeds program that is now one of the largest stocks of these historic breeds in the United States. He had a head for the present by being a leader in our community and state – as past president of the Indiana Simmental Association, and past president of the Boone County Beef Producers Association. He had an eye to the future as he invested much of his time and energy as a mentor and guide to young people, and as a 4-H beef project leader. The outpouring of love and grief from across the county, state and nation shows how deeply he was appreciated, and he will be missed.
As I told staff members last week, I believe that the true measure of a man can be taken in the life lead by his family and friends. That means to me that we will all carry more than just Kevyn’s memory with us - we become the true embodiment of his spirit, life, values and experiences. We should all remember and cherish our memories of Kevyn’s life each and every day, but more importantly live our lives in a way that fully expresses the measure and spirit of the man. If we do, then his legacy at Conner Prairie and beyond is truly assured.