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50 Commitments

In 2024, Conner Prairie will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Prairietown, a cornerstone of the Museum’s immersive experiences that have impacted visitors from around the world. To commemorate this landmark anniversary, Conner Prairie is announcing 50 Commitments to the community that will highlight the work the Museum has done and continues to do to provide avenues for cultural enrichment, foster learning, spark curiosity and enhance the human experience.

January

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Conner Prairie Celebrates 50th Anniversary with 50 Commitments Aimed at Creating Lasting Impact in the Community

Driven by our mission to inspire curiosity and foster learning by providing engaging and individualized experiences for everyone, learn how we’re making 50 commitments to honor 50 years of the Museum.

Learn more about our 50 commitments through our press release.

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Caring for One of Indiana’s Oldest Brick Homes – The William Conner House

At 200 years old, the William Conner House is considered to be one of the first ever brick homes in Central Indiana. Learn how the home has been restored and cared for over the past several decades.

Learn more about the William Conner House and the land it calls home.

Further resources: William Conner House / Collections page

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Providing a Safe Haven for Indiana’s Historic Buildings

With more than 25 historic buildings on our property, Conner Prairie has been the stewards of Indiana History for decades. Discover how all but two of these buildings found their way to the Museum and how we continue to share their significance with guests. 

Learn more about our historic buildings.

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Honoring the Past with Authentic Storytelling

As a way to preserve culture, share knowledge and engage emotions, stories have a way of bringing the past to the present. With many skilled interpreters and staff dedicated to sharing stories reflective of all voices, they inspire, entertain, and create connection among all people. Conner Prairie is committed to storytelling reflective of all voices. 

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Conner Prairie Committed to Creating Space for all Visitors

The board, executives, staff and volunteers of Conner Prairie firmly believe that its mission is expansive – that the past we share encompasses all communities and cultures, and that the individualized experiences we provide are for all people. We believe this mission compels us to create and maintain a culture that values everyone by actively challenging and responding to bias, harassment, and discrimination. Therefore, we are committed to embracing, modeling and leading  ongoing diversity and inclusion efforts that respect and welcome all regardless of age, citizenship, ethnicity, gender identity, marital status, nationality, physical, mental and learning ability, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.

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Conner Prairie Committed to Creating Space for all Visitors

As we prepared for the opening of our newest exhibit, Promised Land as Proving Ground, Conner Prairie along with the creative team from advertising and PR agency, Borshoff, brought together a diverse team to tell the meaningful stories of the historical figures behind the exhibit. We are committed to highlighting a variety of voices and stories representative of all guests. 

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Conner Prairie Committed to Helping Others Preserve History

Early in 2023, a group of experts from Conner Prairie traveled to the Whitney Museum to help their team restore historic buildings damaged during Hurricane Ida. Using their expertise of historic trades, the teams worked together to restore one of the buildings damaged during the storm. 

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Storytelling Through Art

Conner Prairie launched its first ever artist-in-residence program as part of the Promised Land as Proving Ground experience. Artist Israel Solomon has been creating art based on his interpretation of the exhibit’s themes. In addition to these inspirational pieces, he will lead community engagement opportunities for youth in Marion and Hamilton Counties. His artwork will be on display when the exhibit fully opens. The artist-in-residence program is made possible by the Efroymson Family Fund.