Storytelling Series

Interpreter Dressed In Traditional Lenape Clothing

Come to Conner Prairie for an evening of Storytelling. Join us for a journey through early Indiana history highlighting the importance of Lenape culture. Our premier storytellers, including Mike Pace and Dwight Gallian, will regale you in an immersive storytelling experience. Click here to learn more and reserve your tickets!

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Explore Historical Cooking

Traditional Arts & Arms Workshops: Hearth Cooking

Join us to explore historical cooking! Learn about recipes passed down and adapted as America was settled, talk to Civil War soldiers about what they make with their rations, and hear about historical homebrewing – and sample a historical beer. Collect recipe cards as you discover food traditions across the grounds to create your own…

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Learning History, Culture, and Inclusivity Through Youth Theatre

Asante Children’s Theatre actors

Through the Academy Summer Intensive produced in partnership with Asante Children’s Theatre and Conner Prairie, Indianapolis children are able to learn both the art of theatre and American history along the way. The Program of the Asante Art Institute of Indianapolis is specially crafted for youth actors ages 12 to18 years of age. Through an…

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What July Fourth Means to History

Celebrating Glorious 4th at Prairietown

Every July Fourth holiday I have experienced has been different from the year before. Some years I celebrate with my family in our backyard with delicious hot dogs and bright sparklers; other years I’ve enjoyed The Fourth at a friend’s house for a pool party. Most recently I visited my aunt’s house where we watched…

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Summer Celebrations: Freedom for All?

Emancipation Day Celebration in 1900

Stephenson, Mrs. Charles (Grace Murray). [Emancipation Day Celebration, June 19, 1900], photograph, June 19, 1900; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth124053/: accessed May 26, 2021), Austin History Center, Austin Public Library. Fireworks, cookouts, family reunions, and vacations are traditional scenes of American summers. Top summer celebrations include that of family and freedom from Memorial Day to the Fourth of July.…

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William Conner and the War of 1812

William Conner

The old adage “if only these walls could talk” holds a lot of weight when one walks past the historic buildings that have been assembled on the Conner Prairie grounds. Those buildings have seen more stories than we will ever know, and for the William Conner house this is especially true. William Conner did not…

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History on Tap

History on Tap

Conner Prairie’s young professionals group, the Horizon Council, invites you to an evening of craft beer featuring tastings from local craft brewers.

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Festival of Machines

Festival of Machines

Get up close to elite cars, steam engines, helicopters, and more! Come and meet some amazing machines! If you want to get up close and personal with machines big and small, this is your chance. Don’t miss our Invitational Showcase, featuring vehicles that represent the best of the best of local car show winners.

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It’s About Time

Playtime on the Prairie: It's About Time

Early learners develop a sense of time by manipulating time-telling tools, representing time with words, linking time to events, and exploring concepts of time.

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Prairie Pursuits: Basic Pottery – The Next Level

Prairie Pursuits: Pottery - Next Level

Come learn other facets of pottery-making using wheel throwing and hand building techniques. This class is designed to be a more in-depth experience; meeting on consecutive evenings so you can continue to hone your wheel throwing skills, and learn how to add handles and alter pots in the leather-hard stage. You’ll have access to your…

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Prairie Pursuits: Pretzels and Mustard

Prairie Pursuits: Pretzels and Mustard

Learn to make your own pretzels and mustards. We’ll learn to make proper pretzels with a water-bath and then bake them in the beehive oven or bake kettles. While the pretzels are baking, we’ll stir up both hot and sweet mustards to have with the pretzels.

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Chautauqua – Cancelled

Chautauqua - Mammoth Loaf Party

Join us for this brand-new series, where curious adults can get their think on – and their drink on – with a thought-provoking, interactive, and social evening of thematic learning!

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The Rhodes Family Incident – Cancelled

Museum Theatre - Rhodes Family Incident

Rhodes Family Incident will not take place in April. As a public health precaution, the Conner Prairie is postponing or canceling all public events, programming and gatherings through end of April. We appreciate your understanding.

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Memory Café – Cancelled

Memory Café - Animals

Memory Café will not take place in April. As a public health precaution, the Conner Prairie is postponing or canceling all public events, programming and gatherings through end of April. We appreciate your understanding.

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Make and Take – Cancelled

Make and Take

Make and Take stations will not take place in April. As a public health precaution, the Conner Prairie is postponing or canceling all public events, programming and gatherings through end of April. We appreciate your understanding.

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