Press Release

New curatorial team addition at Conner Prairie continues advancing diversity in museum’s staff, exhibits and experiences

August 25, 2022
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FISHERS, Ind. – Indiana’s living history museum and Smithsonian affiliate, Conner Prairie, is adding to its curatorial staff as part of the museum’s ongoing efforts to enhance its diversity, equity,…

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Conner Prairie Expands and Enhances Visitor Experiences with Announcement of $24 Million in New Capital Projects

August 12, 2022
White River in Indianapolis

Development of unique exhibits and guest experiences will transform the way visitors engage with the museum FISHERS, IN (August 12, 2022) – Indiana’s premier living history museum and one of…

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Enhancing the Vision of the White River With New Partnership

July 27, 2022
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Volunteers kayaking on the White River during the White River Clean-up Day August 13, 2021 Conner Prairie and The White River Alliance team up to study water quality, build public…

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Conner Prairie Announces New Outdoor Exhibit Habitat to Encourage Exploration and Discovery

July 15, 2022
bird statue at habitat

The new exhibit is a part of a collaboration with Smithsonian Gardens and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service FISHERS, Ind. (July 9, 2022) – Indiana living history museum, Conner…

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Conner Prairie Announces Opening of Smithsonian Spark!Lab Invention Space

June 16, 2022
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Spark!Lab is Developed by the Smithsonian to Bring Hands-On Invention Learning to Cultural Organizations Nationwide FISHERS, Ind. (June 8, 2022) – Indiana living history museum, Conner Prairie, announces today the…

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A Full Schedule for 2022 Kroger Symphony on the Prairie

April 5, 2022

Your Favorite Sounds of Summer: Kroger Symphony on the Prairie presented by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra   2022 line-up features Melissa Etheridge, Three Dog Night, and ISO’s Star-Spangled Symphony!  INDIANAPOLIS—The…

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Conner Prairie Reimagines the Future During 2021 Annual Meeting

April 5, 2022

How the pandemic has reshaped how the world views and uses museums FISHERS, Ind. — (April 5, 2022) – The past two years have highlighted Conner Prairie’s adaptability to meet…

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New Hires to Help Conner Prairie Transform its Role in the Community

December 2, 2021
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Strategic Leadership Additions Will Advance Guest Experience; Interpretation; Development; And Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, And Inclusion INDIANAPOLIS — Over the past year, Conner Prairie has expanded its teams with several key…

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CONNER PRAIRIE JOINS SMITHSONIAN COHORT TO FOSTER CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS IN COMMUNITIES

December 1, 2021

The program will support development of its new exhibit, Promised Land as Proving Ground, which will explore the experience of Black settlers in Indiana. Dec. 1, 2021 (INDIANAPOLIS, IND –…

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A Full Schedule and Full Capacity for 2021 Kroger Symphony on the Prairie

June 23, 2021
Symphony on the Prairie

New concerts featuring audience favorites for maximum-capacity audiences. Following local, state and federal health protocols, Kroger Symphony on the Prairie will open to full-capacity beginning with the first scheduled concert,…

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Audience Favorite Frankie Moreno Makes Conner Prairie Symphony Bowl Debut

June 21, 2021
Frankie Moreno performing

Newly added show rounds out the 2021 season. (INDIANAPOLIS, IND – June 14, 2021) – Tickets are currently on sale for “Frankie Moreno: All the Hits,” the newest addition to…

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Conner Prairie’s Historic Livestock Program is Hero of Heritage Breeds Week

May 17, 2021
Heritage Breeds Week

This effort to preserve endangered livestock is part of the museum’s sustainability efforts May 14, 2021 INDIANAPOLIS — This week, Conner Prairie is celebrating International Heritage Breeds Week, an event…

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A Joyous Return to Summer: Kroger Symphony on the Prairie

May 10, 2021
Symphony on the Prairie

Ticketing procedures and safety protocols new to 2021 (INDIANAPOLIS, IND – May 10, 2021) – After the only hiatus in its 40-year history, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in partnership with…

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Conner Prairie Enacts Stabilization Project to Help Improve Drinking Water for Half a Million Hamilton County Residents

April 22, 2021
White River in Indianapolis

The planting, part of the Duke Energy Foundation-funded Shoreline Stabilization Project, will improve drinking water for nearly 540,000 Hamilton County residents April 22, 2021 INDIANAPOLIS — This week, Conner Prairie…

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Conner Prairie Looks Back at 2020 During Virtual Annual Meeting

April 9, 2021
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Year of “Business of the Unusual” Unpacked in Live Q&A  FISHERS, Ind. — (Friday, April 9, 2021) – Today Conner Prairie hosted their annual meeting where they celebrated the successes…

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Conner Prairie Debuts Local Students’ Social Activism Documentary on MLK Day

January 6, 2021

New online experiences and free admission day celebrate Dr. King’s work January 6, 2021 INDIANAPOLIS – This year, Conner Prairie will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.…

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Gratitude Tuesday

November 30, 2020
Conner Prairie Interpreters wearing masks

We’re Thankful for You “Where there’s hope, there’s life.  It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again.”  -Anne Frank In 2020, our community, our nation, and our…

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A Merry Prairie Holiday Tradition Continues at Conner Prairie

November 17, 2020

Festival adjustments ensure a safe experience during COVID-19 November 16, 2020 INDIANAPOLIS — For the second year in a row, visitors can once again enjoy A Merry Prairie Holiday while…

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American Association for State and Local History Announces New Board Chair

October 15, 2020
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President and CEO of Conner Prairie, Norman Burns, elected as chair to American Association for State and Local History board. Nashville, Tennessee (October 2, 2020) – The American Association for…

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Conner Prairie Corn Maze Honors 200th Anniversary of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

September 1, 2020
2020 Corn Maze Design

Maze opens Sept. 26 and features haunted hours for scare seekers FISHERS, Ind. (September 1, 2020) – This year, Conner Prairie’s award-winning corn maze won’t just challenge puzzle-hungry guests, it…

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Heartland Film Announces Partnership with Conner Prairie for a Pop-Up Drive-In Theatre Experience

August 27, 2020

Heartland Film Announces Partnership with Conner Prairie for a Pop-Up Drive-In Theatre experience during the 29th Annual Heartland International Film Festival this October August 27, 2020 – Heartland Film has…

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Conner Prairie Opens Inclusive Playground

July 22, 2020
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Ag Adventures at the Estridge Family Park is accessible to guests of all abilities.

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Conner Prairie Unveils New Brand to Celebrate the Explorer Spirit

May 26, 2020
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May 20, 2020 – Indianapolis, IN — When Conner Prairie’s grounds reopen later this spring, newly developed and revised programming across the grounds will help bring to life a reimagined brand that celebrates and elevates the explorer spirit that is at the heart of the museum.

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Conner Prairie Extends Temporarily Closure in Response to COVID-19 Recommendations

March 30, 2020
Conner Prairie

March 27, 2020 – Fishers, IN — In alignment with its peer organizations and recommendations from the CDC and Governor Holcomb, Conner Prairie will be extending its closure through Monday, April 13 to limit potential exposure to and spread of COVID-19. This continues to be a total closure, including exhibits and all scheduled special events.

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Conner Prairie Temporarily Closed in Response to COVID-19 Recommendations All exhibits closed and scheduled events cancelled through March 30, 2020

March 13, 2020
1859 Balloon Voyage

March 13, 2020 – Fishers, IN — In alignment with its peer organizations and recommendations from the CDC and Governor Holcomb, Conner Prairie will be closed from Saturday, March 14 through Monday, March 30 to limit potential exposure to and spread of COVID-19. This is a total closure, including exhibits and all scheduled special events.

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Access Pass Provides Fun and Learning at Greatly Reduced Cost at Multiple Attractions

February 7, 2020
Access Pass

Families on a fixed or lower income often can’t afford to visit museums or attractions. The Access Pass presented by GEICO can help because it ensures that all families, regardless of income, can enjoy valuable learning opportunities at a greatly reduced price.

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Conner Prairie Selected to Receive $104,500 Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

September 13, 2019
IMLS

Museum Empowered Grant will allow Conner Prairie to fulfill its promise of providing inclusive experiences for ALL

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Conner Prairie to Host First Deaf Heritage Day

September 11, 2019
LUNA Language Services

Conner Prairie is proud to partner with the Indiana School for the Deaf and LUNA Language Services to embrace and celebrate Deaf history in Indiana.

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USA Today Names Conner Prairie Corn Maze One of the 10 Best in U.S.

September 9, 2019

USA Today Names Conner Prairie Corn Maze One of the 10 Best in U.S.

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Conner Prairie and Sun King Brewery Announce Winner of Specialty Headless Horseman Brew Growler Art Contest

August 22, 2019
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Conner Prairie and Sun King Brewery Announce Winner of Specialty Headless Horseman Brew Growler Art Contest

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