Coming up: 2 authors to sign latest books at Conner Prairie

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Two authors will be coming to Conner Prairie in the next few weeks to offer book signings for the general public.

1From 2-4 p.m. Nov. 26, author Margaret Henz will be signing copies of both “Christmas At My House” and “An Angel Named Jake (left).”

The first book is a nostalgic journey back in time when the author’s mother describes how Christmas was celebrated by her family in a small New England town. The second book is about a 75-pound yellow lab and her family’s experience with the adopted pet. Henz will sign copies of her books in the Conner Prairie Store inside the museum’s Welcome Center.

2From 2-5 p.m. on Dec. 10, author Roxy Morgan (left) will be signing her recently released book, “Zoe the Zebra.” The title is a children’s book about a zebra bored with her stripes and wants to be different, like the rest of the animals in the wild. Along the way, the zebra discovers that her stripes are what make her herself. Morgan’s book signing will also take place inside the Conner Prairie Store.

Both of these book-signing events are free and open to the public.

Beautisha: Actress Sarah Latimer portrays crowd favorite at Headless Horseman

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Beautisha, played by actress Sarah Latimer, is a crowd favorite at Conner Prairie’s Headless Horseman festival.

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Beautisha has been played by actress Sarah Latimer at Headless Horseman since 2013.

Outside her character, she is an administrative assistant in the nuclear testing department at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis. Originally from Indianapolis, Sarah is the daughter of two florists and has six brothers.

She graduated from Ben Davis High School and attended Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Sarah and husband Tim, a teacher with Hamilton Southeastern schools, have two grown children. Learn more about Sarah: Continue reading

Promise Road fourth-graders get historical lesson on electricity

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Conner Prairie Interpreter Taylor Coonce sits with fourth-grade students at Promise Road Elementary in Noblesville as they demonstrate how to create an electrical circuit. 

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Last week, 121 fourth-graders at Promise Road Elementary went “back in time” to get a lesson on electricity.

Manager of Science Interpretation Jason Adams, Interpreter Taylor Coonce, and Education Director Nancy Stark visited the school to try a new program developed by Conner Prairie staff and the teachers at Promise Road.

As a premise for the day’s activities, the fourth graders pretended to be members of a farm cooperative during the 1930s, and they had to decide whether or not to electrify their farms with help from the interpreters’ characters, Kurt Lancaster and Vera Zimmerman, who are mainstays in Conner Prairie’s Create.Connect exhibit. The characters were both considering bringing electricity to their own farms, and while Vera was all for it, Kurt wasn’t convinced. Therefore, they needed some help from the students to decide. Continue reading

New outdoor nature experience opening at Conner Prairie in July

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Construction continues on Treetop Outpost, a new, 10,000-square-foot outdoor nature experience that will open in July at Conner Prairie.

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A four-story treehouse offering visitors panoramic views of the forest will be the centerpiece of a new 10,000-square-foot outdoor experience that will open July 1 at Conner Prairie.

Construction on Treetop Outpost began in late October and continues today in the southwest corner of the museum’s grounds, close to the White River. Several activity areas will surround the treehouse, allowing visitors of all ages to engage with natural materials, experience archaeology, build, create nature-based artwork, explore music with instruments and more.

Visitors will enter the treehouse by spanning a suspension bridge or walking up an elevated walkway. A portion of Conner Prairie’s existing nature walk will connect with Treetop Outpost. Continue reading

Conner Prairie seeks part-time interpreters for 2016 summer season

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Conner Prairie is looking for the right candidates to fill three interpretation positions for the 2016 outdoor season.

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Conner Prairie is currently accepting applications for part-time interpreters for the 2016 summer season. These positions serve as both the costumed, first-person interpreters in our outdoor experience areas, as well as the third-person interpreters who help guests around the park and in indoor exhibits.

Applicants for these positions should be at least 16 years old. The positions are part-time and offer between 24 and 40 hours per week from late March to October. While ability to work all of those months is preferred, college students or others who cannot work the entire time are still encouraged to apply. Pay is hourly.

Below you’ll find descriptions of the three open positions.

Guest engagement interpreter. These interpreters work either in costume or blue shirts and work out in the park as well as in indoor exhibits. Interpreters strive to learn and master interpretive methods in order to provide engaging experiences to visitors. Applicants should be adaptable, outgoing, positive and respectful. They should be able to work on a team and in an outdoor environment. Interpreters help visitors and talk to them every day, so strong people skills are a must. Working knowledge of the historical time periods that Conner Prairie represents is preferred. More information and application available here: Guest Engagement Interpreter Application.

Guest engagement interpreter, early childhood. Qualifications for early childhood interpreters are in many ways the same as the general guest engagement interpreters. However, this position is meant to appeal to applicants specifically interested in working primarily with children ages 5 to 8 in our indoor exhibits, such as Discovery Station and Create.Connect. There is possibility for crossover, including costumed interpretation, for those in this position. Application and detailed qualifications here: Guest Engagement Interpreter, Early Childhood Application.

Historic trades interpreter (blacksmithing and woodworking): The historic trade interpreters provide visitors of all ages with unique, engaging craft and trade experiences. They will serve as interpreters in Conner Prairie’s 1836 Prairietown, as well as take part in implementation of all craft and trade activities and programs. Frequent weekend and holiday work is required. Previous experience in the trade is desired, and can range from novice to advanced. Additional information and application available here: Historic Trades Interpreter Application. 

After applying, qualified applicants will be invited to a group interview during the third week of February. After that, interpreters will be selected, and basic training will take place on Feb. 29 and March 1 and 2.