What kind of winter will we have? 1836 Prairietown residents weigh in

Residents of Prairietown are talking about what kind of winter we’re going to have, using nature to help them with their predictions.

By Hannah Kiefer
It’s officially fall and that means cooler weather is headed our way. But, how cold will it get – and how much snow will there be? During the 19th century, people had a few methods for predicting weather, most of them relying on patterns or phenomena found in nature.

Some would also turn to the Farmer’s Almanac for predictions about what kind of weather to expect.

Here are some of the more popular methods. Also, here’s a comparison of the 1836 Farmer’s Almanac predictions to its 2016 predictions. Continue reading

3 authors to hold free public signings of books this month at Conner Prairie Store

Three authors will have free, open-to-the-public signings of their books at Conner Prairie this month. All three books are either available now for purchase or be available soon in the Conner Prairie Store inside the museum’s Welcome Center.

By Hannah Kiefer
This month, Conner Prairie will welcome three authors on select days and times to sign copies of their books. Dennis E. Horvath, Chris Stevenson and James Alexander Thom will all hold free signings of their recent works inside the Conner Prairie Store. All three signings are open to the general public. Continue reading

Smithsonian Magazine’s annual Museum Day Live is Sept. 24; free admission for all

Smithsonian_Day_Live_1More than 2,400 visitors enjoyed Conner Prairie for free last year on Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live.

Visitors throughout the region can enjoy historic Conner Prairie for free in just a few weeks.

Conner Prairie hosts Smithsonian Magazine’s annual Museum Day Live from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 24. Last year, more than 2,400 visited the museum and enjoyed its eight indoor and outdoor destinations. Continue reading

Simple, tasty recipes featuring Apple Store products perfect for fall baking

The Apple Store at Conner Prairie opens for its 31st season on Thursday. These tasty recipes using product from the store are simple to make and delicious to enjoy.

By Hannah Kiefer
On Thursday, the Apple Store at Conner Prairie will open for its 31st season. That means there will be a whole bunch of apple goodness, including apple cider, apple butter, apple pies and just plain apples.

The women of the Conner Prairie Alliance put together four different recipes utilizing various ingredients from the store. Follow the recipes or click the link embedded in each title to see a YouTube video with instructions on how to make each recipe. Continue reading

Series of 19th-century cooking videos begins on YouTube Aug. 29

Conner Prairie interpreter Sarah Richcreek (right) stars in one of four videos that highlight 19th-century cooking techniques. The first video of the series shot recently at Conner Prairie by Jas. Townsend & Son will be posted on the company’s YouTube channel on Aug. 29.

By Hannah Kiefer
A few weeks ago, several people from Pierceton, Ind.-based Jas. Townsend & Son came to Conner Prairie to shoot several videos for its YouTube channel. The videos involve 19th-century cooking methods, including bread baked in Conner Prairie’s new cob oven. The videos will feature several of Conner Prairie’s interpreters, including Sarah Richcreek and Kim McCann.

Jas. Townsend & Son are known for their reproduction of 18th-century clothing, camp equipment, cooking supplies and other accessories. The company also creates cooking videos for YouTube. Recently, a video featuring a recipe for fried chicken from the 18th century garnered more than 1 million views on YouTube. Continue reading