New book 'Conner Prairie' shares significance of museum's experiences, programs and special events; public signing event Dec. 12 at museum


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

    FISHERS, Ind. (Monday, Nov. 23, 2015/Conner Prairie) – More than two years in the making, a new book written by the visionary who led Conner Prairie’s transformation from a traditional living history museum into an interactive history park is now available.

    Authored by retiring President and CEO Ellen M. Rosenthal and featuring the photography of Thomas M. Mueller, “Conner Prairie” takes a look back at the museum’s history and shares the significance of its programs and events offered to more than 360,000 visitors annually.

    “Conner Prairie” will go on sale Nov. 30 for $19.95 at the Conner Prairie Store inside the museum’s Welcome Center. From 10:30 a.m.-noon Dec. 12, Rosenthal and Mueller will be autographing copies of the book outside the store.

    In a foreword penned by recent Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, Indiana Bicentennial Commission co-chairman and former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton, Hamilton writes, “Conner Prairie’s research and innovations in learning beyond the classroom have affected museums throughout the nation. Its mission is one of the reasons that it is one of our most popular destinations and a source of pride for all Hoosiers.”

    After assuming leadership of Conner Prairie in 2003, author Rosenthal, who is a member of Indiana Bicentennial Commission, engineered the transformation of the traditional living-history museum into a vibrant interactive history park. Under her leadership, Conner Prairie became Indiana’s first Smithsonian Affiliate and received the nation’s highest honor for museums, the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ National Medal. 

    Mueller, a cardiologist, has had a strong interest in photography for more than 40 years. He trained at the International Center of Photography in New York City and since has displayed his work at several Indiana universities. His project photographing Conner Prairie for the book began in 2012.

    Spanning 850 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes more than 360,000 visitors of all ages annually. As Indiana’s only 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 is a nationally acclaimed interactive history park. Its 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 experiencing. 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 800 acres of wooded property in Fishers, Ind. Indiana’s only 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 317.776.6000 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.