Conner Prairie Blog

Protected: How our new experience, The Trails at Conner Prairie, impact the world around you

April 9, 2024

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Gifts of Love

February 29, 2024

A colleague and friend asked me recently if I had considered writing a book on celebrations. This led to a conversation about how so many of us struggle to find…

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Black Feminism in Indiana

February 21, 2024

Image of Sallie Wyatt Stewart (Photo credit: Thomas Y., Sallie Wyatt Stewart, 1942, print, Who’s Who of Colored America : 426.) When viewing feminism through traditional means, it is common to…

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The Domestic Fight for Equity in the 20th Century

February 20, 2024

Source: M. Boyer, “The Clubhouse for the Indiana Federation of colored Women’s Clubs,” July 22, 2007. Although the post-war scene offered a temporary step into the spotlight for Indiana’s black…

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Historic Chocolate Tart Recipe 

February 9, 2024

This Valentine’s Day, try your hand at a historic Chocolate Tart recipe!   The following recipe is a modern take on a historic recipe published in Hannah Glasse’s The Complete Confectioner…

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From employee to donor: Why Sally McGuffey supports Conner Prairie

February 8, 2024
Sally McGuffey standing next to the Prairietown entrance sign

Unlike many donors, Sally McGuffey’s journey to becoming a Conner Prairie donor didn’t start with a school field trip—in fact, it began when she accepted a position on the fundraising…

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Rescuing the Horseshoe Bend Canoe

February 5, 2024

Location where the canoe was discovered, still half-buried in the White River A Mysterious Discovery Have you ever found anything cool while out on a walk? A Civil War coin,…

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Arts & Arms – Crafts of the Past

December 21, 2023

Through making items, we connect the present to the past by gaining an appreciation for hand-crafted items that have survived generations. One of my favorite places growing up was my…

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Collaborative Learning Empowers Kids to Find Meaningful Opportunities

November 17, 2023
Child interacting with Goat

It’s 8 a.m. on a day late in August, and my team is arriving at Conner Prairie. They are an eclectic group of volunteers: a graphic designer, a pastor, a…

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The Impact of the Youth Leadership program

November 17, 2023

“Our family has volunteered well over 10,000 hours at Conner Prairie. While that may seem like our gift to Conner Prairie, in reality, Conner Prairie has given our family invaluable…

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November, Veterans Day, and Native American Heritage Month

November 2, 2023

Native American Heritage Month includes numerous days meant to honor different aspects of Indigenous cultures, identities, histories, and experiences such as National Bison Day (November 4th), Rock your Mocs day…

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A Familiar Face at Conner Prairie

November 2, 2023

Michael Pace, or Mike Pace as he prefers, has been a bastion of education at Conner Prairie for nearly 30 years. He recently retired from full season work at Conner…

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Conner Prairie Alliance focuses on the work of Becky Brammer

October 26, 2023

What do you do when your last child leaves for college and takes with her one of your major volunteer opportunities? That was the question facing Rebecca (Becky) Brammer in…

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The Importance of the White River

September 29, 2023
Areal view of the White River

History, for many, brings to mind the seemingly endless list of names and dates we memorized during our years in school.  I’m not going to bore you with names and…

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How Do We Know That People Actually Learn at Museums?

September 11, 2023

You may be like me in that every time you go to a new city you want to see a local museum (or maybe that’s a me thing). While you’re…

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Exploring History Through Conner Prairie’s Chautauqua Series

August 2, 2023
Stereograph Of Madison, Indiana Chautauqua – July, 1901

Stereograph of Madison, Indiana Chautauqua – July, 1901 In 1878, the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle (CLSC) was founded to provide those who could not afford the time or money…

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A Wallet’s Journey from a dark cellar to Conner Prairie’s Collection

June 5, 2023
Reviewing the wallet for the collection

The Wallet’s Journey Every donation starts with a phone call or an email. Or, when someone walks through the front door of the museum with a box of old stuff.…

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Why LGBTQ+ Pride Matters Every Month

June 1, 2023
Indy Pride rallying at the Statehouse for Transgender rights

I vividly remember the first time I stood up to a bully. I was in fifth grade and the bully just happened to be my teacher. She had taught at…

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Celebrating the life of Pat G. Rooney

May 25, 2023

“I have a long-standing appreciation and love of this place, its glorious landscape, the history which visitors of all ages experience, and the grateful realization that our ancestors survived so…

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Taste the Past: Sharing Meals and a Rich Heritage

May 15, 2023

While I was growing up in rural Northwest Ohio as part of a farming family, life seemed to revolve around food. Meals were the time when everyone took a break…

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Spending Time in Nature for Mental Health Awareness Month

May 9, 2023
Photo of flowers

Before I sat down to write today, I took a walk outdoors. I felt the sunshine on my face, heard and felt the whistle of the wind blowing through the…

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Happy National Volunteer Week!

April 19, 2023

I have the best career in the world. I get to oversee the Adult Volunteer Crew for Conner Prairie. Working with this amazing group of diverse individuals who freely give…

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Birding at Conner Prairie

March 27, 2023

What motivates you to spend time outside? Perhaps it’s a sunny day and you want to take a walk with friends or family. It could be that you’ve been spending time on…

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Partnering to Support Quality Early Learning Experiences

March 9, 2023

Conner Prairie is a landmark in central Indiana. It is a beautiful example of quality play-based experiences and is a natural partner for Child Care Answers (CCA). Together, we saw…

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Staff Recommendations: Women Who Inspire

March 8, 2023

This year’s national Women’s History Month theme is “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories.” Who inspires you to pursue truth and reflect on the human condition? Is it an inspirational…

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The Lingering Power of Love

January 12, 2023

What comes to mind when you think of Martin Luther King Jr. Day? Is it his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, his contributions to the civil rights movement, or…

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The Powerful Magic of Play at Playtime on the Prairie

December 12, 2022
Children playing at playtime on the prairie -

When was the last time you played? I mean really played. The kind of playing that takes you back to a time and a place in your childhood where you…

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The Importance of Holiday Traditions

December 6, 2022

It’s the most wonderful time of the year as Conner Prairie has been transformed into a winter wonderland for A Merry Prairie Holiday. Our grounds are now full of thousands…

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Inventing the Holidays

December 1, 2022
father and daughter at spark!Lab

As you are decorating your home and wrapping presents, you might begin to wonder about the origins of all the things that make our holidays merry and bright. They, just…

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Reasons the Power of Philanthropy Provides Endless Opportunities

November 14, 2022

Happy National Philanthropy Day! Each year on November 15, community organizations around the country celebrate the importance of working together for the common good. Today, we reflect on the power…

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