Twitter campaign Friday aims to foster advocacy for cultural institutions


Conner Prairie, a Smithsonian-affiliated museum, welcomes nearly 400,000 visitors a year. The museum’s mission is to inspire curiosity and foster learning about Indiana by providing engaging, individualized and unique experiences.

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Friday, museums, libraries, archives and other cultural institutions will share mission-related facts using the hashtag #DayOfFacts on Twitter. The goal is to spread awareness that these institutions are trusted sources for truth and knowledge. Continue reading

Volunteer fair Feb. 25 to offer information on 2017 opportunities


Conner Prairie will host a volunteer fair on Feb. 25, seeking passionate and helpful people to fill an array of positions throughout the year..

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Wanted: Engaging individuals of all ages, filled with energy and passionate about Conner Prairie. Volunteers ages 18 and up are wanted – and needed – for the 2017 season.

The museum will host a volunteer fair on Feb. 25 inside its Welcome Center, located at 13400 Allisonville Road. From 10 a.m.-1 p.m., museum departments will have staff and volunteer representatives available to talk about volunteer opportunities this year.

A variety of positions are available, including shifts on the historic grounds and at special events. Volunteers are also needed to help recruit new members, help with food and beverage service and assist with sales inside the Conner Prairie Store. Continue reading

Fun day full of activities planned on President’s Day; free admission on Feb. 20


A day of fun activities is planned for President’s Day at Conner Prairie on Feb. 20.. Admission is free.

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We’re getting ready for a fun-filled President’s Day at Conner Prairie. Admission on Feb. 20 is free for everyone.

In addition to the popular surprise birthday party for George Washington and singing patriotic songs with Lady Liberty, here’s a peek into all the action planned from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continue reading

Valentine’s Day primer: A look at how different 19th century dating was


During the 1800s, dating was called “courting” and couples usually met through mixed-gender settings, such as dances and parties.

By Hannah Kiefer
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and with it, a rush of couples scrambling to make plans to mark the occasion. While modern dating often consists of flowers, gifts and dinners, dating and relationships in the 19th century were quite a bit different.

During the 1800s, dating was called “courting” and couples usually met through mixed-gender settings, such as dances and parties.

“Courtship” referred to a committed relationship, where a couple was more than “just friends,” and in fact might marry one day. Most courtships began after a period of courting. Common “dates” included berry picking, riding, picnicking, singing togethe, and dancing at parties. Valentine cards were popular in England and the tradition spread to America in the 1830s. Continue reading

Founders of Ricker’s pledge $500,000 to restore historic Conner Prairie venue

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Jay and Nancy Ricker founded Ricker’s Convenience Stores in 1979. He currently serves on Conner Prairie’s board of directors as chairman.

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The founders of an Indiana fuel and convenience store chain pledged a major financial gift to Conner Prairie Wednesday night that will help restore a historic venue on museum property.

Jay and Nancy Ricker, founders of Anderson, Ind.-based Ricker’s Convenience Stores, announced their commitment to donate $500,000 to the museum at Conner Prairie’s 2017 Annual Meeting tonight.

The gift will help restore the museum’s Chinese House, located near 126th Street and Allisonville Road and used as a venue for private events, including weddings and corporate outings.

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