Conner Prairie Announces 50 Commitments to the Community to Commemorate Anniversary

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FISHERS, IN (Jan. 8, 2024) – In 2024, Conner Prairie will celebrate 50 years since the creation 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.  

When Prairietown was established in 1974, Conner Prairie started to come to life as a true Museum. The Museum has continued to grow and offer numerous programs to serve the community over the past five decades, with many more planned for the future.  

Conner Prairie will share the 50 Commitments to the community over the course of the year, highlighting various programs, community partnerships, DEAI initiatives and much more. The Commitments will be shared weekly on social media, Conner Prairie’s e-newsletter and on Conner Prairie’s website.  

January Commitments

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. As stewards of this historical home, learn how Conner Prairie has played a role in restoring and caring for the home over the past several decades.  

                  Additional Resource:
                  History of the William Conner House 
The William Conner House Tours
                  10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
                  Thursdays and Saturdays, January 18 – March 26 during Winter on the Prairie

Providing a Safe Haven for Indiana’s Historic Buildings
                  With more than 25 historic buildings on Conner Prairie’s property, the Museum has been the steward 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.

                  Additional Resource:
                  View the Complete Collection of Historical Buildings 
Prairie Architecture Tours
                  11 a.m. (Free with General Admission)
                  Thursdays and Saturdays, January 18 – March 26 during Winter on the Prairie

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.  

                  Additional Resource:  
                  Storytelling Series at Conner Prairie 
                  Mingle with the Residents of Prairietown 
                  10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
                  Thursdays – Sundays, January 18 – March 26 during Winter on the Prairie 

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About Conner Prairie

Spanning more than 1,000 wooded acres in Central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes more than 400,000 visitors of all ages annually. As Indiana’s first Smithsonian affiliate, Conner Prairie offers various outdoor, historically themed encounters and indoor experiential learning spaces that combine history and art with science, technology, engineering and math to offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today. Conner Prairie is a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization – accredited by the American Alliance of Museums – that relies on grants and philanthropic donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations for sustainability and growth. For more information visit ConnerPrairie.org.

CONTACT
Holly Pasquinelli
Senior Manager of PR and Communications
pasquinelli@connerprairie.org
317.776.6000 EXT. 267