Full day of activities planned in tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. Monday at Conner Prairie, a free admission day


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

    FISHERS, Ind. (Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016/Conner Prairie) – Here are activities planned for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a free admission day at Conner Prairie on Monday (Jan. 18):

    • Activities throughout the day will focus on Martin Luther King Jr.’s peaceful protests

    • Asante Children’s Theater will present an interactive music presentation on freedom songs at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in Lilly Theater, located on the second floor of the museum’s Welcome Center

    • “Freedom Summer 1964,” a simulation of a 1964 student non-violent coordinating committee training session, will be presented at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in Lilly Theater

    • The Joseph Maley Foundation Kids on the Block Troupe will present “Sticks and Stones,” a puppet show about how one can stand up to others. “Sticks and Stones” will be held in Woodland North, located on the second floor of the Welcome Center, at noon and 2 p.m.

    • A Tree of Dreams will be a display where visitors of all ages can share their dreams in writing. Throughout the Welcome Center, a gallery of images of non-violent protests, past and present, will be on display. In Craft Corner, visitors can add their own piece to a larger collaborative art project in tribute to King Jr.


    Conner Prairie’s Welcome Center, which includes indoor experiences Create.Connect and Discovery Station and Craft Corner, will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday. The museum’s outdoor grounds remain closed until March 24.

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day is one of three free admission days at Conner Prairie this year; the others are President’s Day on Feb. 15 and Smithsonian Day LIVE! on Sept. 24.

    Spanning 850 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes more than 360,000 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 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 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 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.