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Outreach Programs

Have a Conner Prairie experience brought to you! Our highly-trained staff is available to deliver interactive, educational programs right to your classroom. Program topics include the life and times of William Conner, Native Americans, the Civil War, pioneer life, and 19th-century schooling. Programs can be tailored to grades K-12 and arranged to fit your schedule. 
Please contact schoolprograms@connerprairie.org for more information or to make reservations.

September–May

The Rhodes Family Incident (Grades 8-12)

Cost: Pricing for this program starts at $195 plus mileage. 

Little-known historic events that happened in your own community can provide important perspectives and inspiration that relate to life now. In “The Rhodes Family Incident,” two contemporary college students who grew up in Westfield, Indiana, are surprised to discover a historic racial incident involving escaped slaves that happened in their hometown. This discovery challenges their views of their community and their own identity.

The play, written by Crystal V. Rhodes, was inspired by research into African-American history in Hamilton County and can prompt students to rethink what they know about Indiana history, their communities and even themselves.

This program includes opportunities for questions and answers with Conner Prairie actors. It can be presented in a variety of spaces. Staging and props are minimal.

November–March

Cost: Prices start at $125 plus mileage for the following programs. 

Programs include the following:

Pioneer Sampler (Pre-K-Grade 2)
A costumed staff member will visit your preschool or day care center and present a variety of hands-on activities that reflect life in the 1800s. Students will learn how to stay warm with sheep’s wool, how to use tools, and how to string apples.  They will also enjoy a broom dance.

1836 Schoolmaster (Grades 1-4)
Experience school in 1836! Give your scholars this opportunity to interact with Conner Prairie’s schoolmaster or schoolmistress to learn ciphering, geography, civics and even manners—all loud-school style. If they learn their lessons quickly, time may allow for some period games.

Rebuilding the House of Stone (Grades 4 & 8)
The Civil War not only divided the nation, it also deeply divided families. This one-act play tells the story of Henry and Valentine Stone, two real Indiana brothers who were torn apart when one fought for the North and the other fought for the South.

Take Flight! (Grades 2-6)
Learn about the concepts of lift and thrust. Meet a pilot from the early days of flight and hear her story. Make and test a simple airplane made of paper. Discuss the importance of perseverance in innovation and invention.

Electricity (Grades 3 & 4)
Step back to the 1930s – a time when using electricity as an energy source was new to our country’s farming communities. Take part in a farmers’ cooperative meeting led by two farmers from the past, one who is enthusiastic about electricity and one who needs convincing. At the meeting find out about this “new” technology and vote on whether or not you would be willing to spend the money to wire your farm for electricity. Consider how you might use this new power source and how that might impact your life. Think about how much we rely on electricity today.

Conner Prairie program development & support provided by:

TargetIndiana Arts CommissionKroger