Pop-up maker workshop opens as temporary exhibit inside Craft Corner


A pop-up maker workshop which will allow visitors to explore woodworking and other activities is now open inside Craft Corner at Conner Prairie. The temporary exhibit will be open to visitors through April 19.

By Hannah Kiefer
A pop-up maker workshop has opened as a temporary exhibit inside Conner Prairie’s Craft Corner, a place where families with children ages 3 and up can experiment with tools and materials to see what they can make.

“We want to expand what we do for activities as far as making,” said Nathan Allen, historic trades manager at the museum. “This provides an opportunity for visitors to learn more about being a maker.” Continue reading

Lilly, Duke Energy, Hagerman Group execs elected to board of directors

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Executives from Eli Lilly and Co., Duke Energy and the Hagerman Group are among central Indiana professionals elected to serve on Conner Prairie’s board of directors effective Jan. 1.

Five selections will serve three-year terms as elected board members while two selections will serve ex-officio, one-year terms representing entities that support the museum throughout the year – the Conner Prairie Alliance, a women’s volunteer fundraising group, and the Conner Prairie Horizon Council, a young professional’s group. Continue reading

New temporary exhibit allows visitors to experience balloon navigation


A mother and daughter explore balloon navigation inside a new temporary exhibit inside Create.Connect at Conner Prairie. The exhibit will be open until March 28.

By Hannah Kiefer
There’s something new to do inside Create.Connect at Conner Prairie. The finishing touches were recently put on an activity area themed around the 1859 Balloon Voyage experience outside, which is closed during the winter months.

This new activity area, open now through March 28 during regular museum hours, was designed to tell the story of how balloons navigate rather than simply how they lift off the ground.

Interactive elements allow visitors to experiment with navigation. Wall panels share about historical balloon navigation and how that navigation is used in balloon flights today. Continue reading

Dow AgroSciences donates herbicide to help control invasive Canada thistle


Dow AgroSciences has donated one of its herbicides to Conner Prairie to help control invasive Canada thistle throughout its property.

Staff Report
For the third straight year, Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences has donated one of its herbicides to Conner Prairie to help control invasive Canada thistle throughout the museum’s 800 acres, including its prairie grass land.

Transline is a selective herbicide that controls the spread of broadleaf weeds and woody brush species in non-crop areas. Canada thistle is a perennial plant with extensive spreading roots that rapidly forms dense colonies. The weed is listed as a noxious weed in 43 U.S. states and six Canadian provinces and can infest a variety of habitats. Continue reading

2016 Year in Review: October-December

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We round up our look back at 2016 with the events and activities at Conner Prairie from October through December.


History is made at Conner Prairie on Oct. 13 as the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay passes through. Seven torchbearers make five passes on Conner Prairie property, transporting the torch from Allisonville Road through the Symphony on the Prairie bowl, up in the air aboard the 1859 Balloon Voyage and past the Welcome Center back out to Allisonville Road. The relay, which began its 3,200-mile journey through all 92 Indiana counties a month earlier in Corydon, ends two days later in Indianapolis. Continue reading