Making a historical impact.


allianceYou probably know our Apple Store—your source for the best hand-dipped caramel apples in Indy since 1985. But do you know much about the Conner Prairie Alliance—the women who run the store every September and October, and what we do for the rest of the year?

With 100 members, including lawyers, concert musicians, and costumers to name a few, Alliance members informally provide each other with invaluable support and professional contacts. As an Alliance member, you'll have year-round opportunities to connect and engage with other women in Indianapolis who share a passion for Conner Prairie. Membership benefits include:

  • Behind-the-scenes tours and educational programs designed especially for the Alliance.
  • Participation in focus groups and special "fireside chats" with the Conner Prairie president and CEO, and other senior museum directors.
  • Professional development through committee work and collaboration with talented museum staff.
  • Fun and friendship through working our shifts in The Apple Store, socials, and participation in sub-groups like our Baker's Dozen cooking group and monthly book club.

The Conner Prairie Alliance has a rich history dating from 1982 when it began as a small offshoot of the Junior League of Indianapolis. Since then, the Alliance has worked to raise funds totaling over $1 million to support Conner Prairie, and is recognized (and celebrated) for their hard work and valued funds generated for the museum. Alliance members are engaged throughout the year with Apple Store planning, as well as with educational and social events.


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Supporting Conner Prairie's mission.

Apple StoreThe Apple Store is our primary fundraiser with proceeds supporting the mission and programs of Conner Prairie. For two months a year, our Alliance team is busy selling all things apple, including our famous caramel-dipped apples. In fall 2015 alone, they dipped and sold 12,492 caramel apples and served 7,224 apple cider slushies! This seasonal treasure is managed by the women of the Alliance from September through October.

From apple butter to persimmon pulp, from Gluten-free to vegan goods, the Apple Store has a little something for everyone, including home decor, handmade soaps, candies, cards, and crafts.  The Apple Store even offers special-order gourmet caramel apples upon request.


Popular items include:

Hand-dipped caramel apples

Salted chocolate caramel dipped apples

Apple & pumpkin donuts, donut holes, and apple fritters from Jack's Donuts in Fishers, Indiana

B. Happy Peanut Butter from Zionsville, Indiana 

Cider slushies


Pasteurized apple cider

Varieties of apples from local orchards

Jams and jellies

Apple pies

Amish goods

Gourmet dog treats

Special gift items

Handmade fire pit pokers by Conner Prairie blacksmiths

Special order gourmet caramel apples, upon request

Locally made gift items


Apple Store Recipes

Check out these quick videos on some delicious treats you can make with ingredients from our Apple Store!

Apple Butter Coffee Cake


Learn how to make delicious coffee cake featuring apple butter from the Apple Store.

Spicy Apple Bread


This spicy apple bread features raisins, nuts and fresh,
delicious apples.

Apple Store Crisp


This Apple Store Crisp recipe features crunchy apples, a sweet topping and is best served warm with ice cream on top!

Apple Cranberry Salad


A perfect fall salad! Learn how to make Apple Cranberry Salad using our delicious apples.

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And growing stronger.



Join our team of creative, energetic, fun women in supporting Conner Prairie! Membership is open to all women who support the mission of the Alliance and Conner Prairie.



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Member Profile

Cheryl WohlmuthConner Prairie Alliance member Cheryl Wohlmuth was 10 years old when she moved to Indianapolis with her parents from her birth place in Toledo, Ohio. Her parents have since passed and she now calls Indianapolis her home. Cheryl is single and lives with Jakey, her mixed black lab. She feels blessed that Kathy, her best friend, and Kathy’s family “adopted” her about six years ago and consider her a part of their family.

Cheryl attended Ball State University in 1975 and received her undergraduate degree in Education, K-8th grade. She attended DePauw University in Greencastle where she earned her Master’s degree. After teaching 34 years in the Indianapolis Public Schools, Cheryl retired from teaching.

While attending an Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra luncheon, Cheryl met Alliance member Renate Hubbard, who told her about the Alliance. Renate invited Cheryl to an Alliance membership meeting in November, 2013, and Cheryl became a member. Her favorite part of the Alliance is working in the Apple Store during the fall season and giving back to Conner Prairie. She also likes Alliance meetings and luncheons.

In addition to working with the Alliance, Cheryl enjoys gardening and is proud of her many flower beds. She loves to travel and to make quilts. Luckily an interest group within the Alliance, the Nifty Needlers, supplements her quilting enjoyment.

Cheryl encourages other women to join the Alliance by focusing on a “fun bunch of women.”  She tells them the Alliance works hard in the Apple Store and plays hard, too, while giving back to such a good cause, Conner Prairie.

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