Classic cars, machines of all kinds to fill Conner Prairie’s grounds Sept. 16-17

Nearly 6.200 people attended last year’s Festival of Machines at Conner Prairie. This year’s weekend-long festival is Sept. 16-17.

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Classic cars, antique tractors, steam engines, heavy-duty machinery, fire trucks, military vehicles, vintage aircraft and more will fill Conner Prairie during the fourth annual Festival of Machines.

Nearly 6,200 people attended last year’s festival. Continue reading

Family favorite Apple Store at Conner Prairie opens for 32nd season Sept. 1

The Apple Store at Conner Prairie will open for its 32nd year on Sept. 1.

The sights of perfectly hand-dipped caramel apples coupled with smells of freshly popped popcorn, apple pie and hot cider return to Conner Prairie when a family favorite store opens for its 32nd season.

The Apple Store at Conner Prairie opens at 11 a.m. Sept. 1 and will be open from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through Oct. 31. During October’s Headless Horseman fall festival, hours will be extended until 9 p.m. The store will also be open on both Labor Day and Halloween. Continue reading

Study: Conner Prairie contributes $39.1 million to Indiana’s economy in 2016

Conner Prairie was established in 1934 with pharmaceutical entrepreneur Eli Lilly purchased the Hamilton County property.

Conner Prairie infused $39.1 million into Indiana’s economy in 2016, according to results of a new economic impact study commissioned by the museum.

Funds spent at the museum, in Hamilton County and surrounding counties in addition to funds spent by Conner Prairie on local goods and services infused $5.9 million more into the state’s economy last year than in 2014, the year of the museum’s last economic impact study.

Spending generated by Conner Prairie also created 560 full-time, part-time, seasonal and temporary jobs, and generated $12.6 million in wage and salary income. Additionally, spending related to Conner Prairie in 2016 generated $10.2 million in local, state and federal taxes. Continue reading

Youth theater group to perform play at Conner Prairie on 5 dates

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Young actors with Asante Children’s Theatre will stage five performances of a full-length play beginning July 27 at Conner Prairie.

“More Light: Douglass Returns” written by Indiana playwright Celeste Williams was inspired by the historic return to Indiana by prominent American abolitionist, writer and speaker Frederick Douglass. Continue reading

Kroger new title sponsor of Symphony on the Prairie at Conner Prairie

Conner Prairie President and CEO Norman Burns speaks at a news conference Tuesday announcing that Kroger is the new title sponsor of Symphony on the Prairie at Conner Prairie.

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Symphony on the Prairie starts its 2017 series with a new title sponsor.

Conner Prairie President and CEO Norman Burns joined executives with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Tuesday to announce that Kroger will sponsor Symphony on the Prairie for the next four years.

This season will be the 36th season of the popular concert series held at Conner Prairie, which typically draws nearly 120,000 each season. This year’s concert series begins June 16. Continue reading