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Making an historical impact.


Alliance-Image.pngYou 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.

Click here for details on the 2016 Apple Store, open Sept. 1-Oct. 31.


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


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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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Peggy Neal

Peggy NealThe Alliance began as a Jr. League project, The Apple Stand. Jenny Hacker, the first Alliance President, sponsored Peggy Neal, but Peggy’s volunteerism began with Indiana’s Bicentennial Commission in 1976. The Elegant Country Luncheon was a favorite fundraising project that kept Peggy very busy for 12 years.  This wonderful fundraiser featured Martha Stewart as the first speaker and ended after 12 years with Willard Scott speaking. The tremendous amount of work and volunteers needed for the luncheon eventually gave way to the continued growth of the Apple Store.

Peggy Neal is our longest active member in the Alliance, joining in 1990. She is a breath of fresh air reminding one of a garden of colors, always dressing for the season and every holiday. Peggy and her husband have been married for 39 years. They have one son and three lovely grandchildren, two of which have brilliant red hair.

Peggy was born and raised in Indianapolis. Peggy lives this spirit of volunteerism through her work with Conner Prairie and numerous organizations. Recently Peggy received recognition for her many years of volunteer service to Indianapolis from Mayor Greg Ballard.

“I spent my life defending Indianapolis, but now Indianapolis defends itself.  Indianapolis’ spirit of volunteerism sets us apart beginning with the Pan American Games all the way through the Super Bowl.”

She sold real estate for many years and still has her license today.  She is a long distance walker and swimmer, as well as avid photographer who continues to work on a photo journal of Conner Prairie, documenting its history and the Alliance activities as our Photo Historian. Peggy encourages others to participate in the Alliance because “It has a comfort zone for everyone.” Wonderful friendships and The Baker’s Dozen, are Peggy’s favorite part of the Alliance. She says the members are so passionate, but friendly and welcoming.

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