Conner Prairie joins museums around globe in support of History Relevance campaign today


    Duane Brodt
    Director of Public Relations
    Conner Prairie
    (800) 966-1836

    FISHERS, Ind. (Wednesday, March 15, 2017/Conner Prairie) – In its continuing push to advocate for the future of museums, Conner Prairie will join more than 150 similar institutions around the globe Wednesday in an online campaign to promote teaching and learning history.

    History Relevance is a group of history professionals working at places like the Smithsonian Institution and other museums, the National Archives and historical societies to nonprofits, trusts, estates and more. Formed in 2013, the group adopted a value statement to promote the importance of teaching and learning history.

    Wednesday, history supporters are encouraged to share the organization’s value statement on social media using #HistoryRelevance. The seven-point statement outlines critical ways the study of history is essential to individuals, communities and society’s future.

    Supporters are also asked to post their best photos of them at their favorite place in history on social media using the same hashtag.

    “History is not a series of human events to remember and regurgitate. It is about the human experience and the conditions that created those events” said Conner Prairie President and CEO Norman Burns. Burns serves on History Relevance’s national steering committee. “The history of humanity is the history of ideas and its creations. Museums like Conner Prairie are uniquely positioned to teach, foster engaged citizens and help build bridges across cultures and generations. That’s why as an organization, we're deeply involved with this movement.”

    Conner Prairie, Indiana’s first Smithsonian affiliate, will share History Relevance information on its social channels throughout the day Wednesday.

    “We are thrilled with Conner Prairie’s endorsement of our values statement,” said History Relevance spokesman Kent Whitworth. “History, including knowledge and the processes of research and reflection, is critically important to our society, culture and the individual citizens who live it each and every day.”

    For more, visit historyrelevance.com.

    Spanning nearly 1,000 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes nearly 400,000 visitors of all ages annually. As Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute affiliate, Conner Prairie offers various outdoor, historically themed destinations and indoor experiential learning spaces that combine history and art with science, technology, engineering and math to offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today.


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    Conner Prairie’s mission is to inspire curiosity and foster learning about Indiana by providing engaging, individualized and unique experiences. Created by Eli Lilly in 1934, Conner Prairie combines history with science, technology, engineering and math and encourages visitors to explore Indiana’s natural and cultural heritage through hands-on, immersive and interactive experiences. Inspiring visitors of all ages to discover more about the events, discoveries and forces that shaped the American Midwest, Conner Prairie offers various historically themed, indoor and outdoor experience areas throughout its nearly 1,000 acres of wooded property in Fishers, Ind. Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute Affiliate and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Conner Prairie is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization that relies on grants and philanthropic donations from corporations and individuals for sustainability and growth. Visit connerprairie.org or call (800) 966-1836 for admission dates, hours, ticket prices and opportunities to donate and volunteer. Conner Prairie is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat (username: connerprairie), Flickr and YouTube.

    History Relevance seeks to foster a dialogue regarding how study of the past links people to the present. The group serves as a catalyst for discovering, demonstrating, and promulgating the value of history for individuals, communities and the nation. History Relevance believes that history can have more impact when it connects the people, events, places, stories and ideas of the past with people, events, places, stories and ideas that are important and meaningful to communities, people and audiences today. For more, visit historyrelevance.com.