New indoor field trip that explores science, history launches this month

A new indoor field trip experience is being launched this month at Conner Prairie that allows students to explore science and learn how it has helped shape Indiana’s history.

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A new indoor field trip experience launches this month at Conner Prairie that will allow elementary students and homeschoolers to explore science and learn how it connects to Indiana’s history.

The museum’s educational team piloted “Exploring Indiana History and STEM” last year with students in fourth grade from two Fishers elementary schools.

Staff created eight different stations using the museum’s Create.Connect exhibit as a starting point– stations at which students could work individually and together to explore science, technology, engineering and math concepts and overcome some sort of challenge. It takes students about 20 minutes to navigate each station. Continue reading

Performances to celebrate lives, contributions of influential black Hoosiers

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Black Hoosiers: Untold Tales” is a new collection of museum theater performances that celebrates the lives and contributions of African-American Hoosiers that will be performed from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24 at Conner Prairie.

Each evening will include a performance of “Rhodes Family Incident,” a 30-minute play written by Crystal V. Rhodes and in collaboration with Asante Children’s Theatre, that tells the story of two contemporary college students who grew up in Westfield, Ind., and discover a historical racial incident that challenges their notions of identity and their hometown. Continue reading

Admission to Conner Prairie free on Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 15

Admission to Conner Prairie is free for everyone on Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 15.

Admission to Conner Prairie free on Jan. 15 in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Live theater, family games, art and more will celebrate the life of the most visible leader of the civil rights movement on Jan. 15 at Conner Prairie.

Admission to the museum on Martin Luther King Jr. Day is free. Last year, nearly 2,000 guests honored King’s vision of what could be achieved through non-violent protests. Continue reading

Deadline to apply for a Conner Prairie 2018 youth volunteer program spot is Jan. 5

The deadline for youth ages 10-18 to apply for a youth volunteer position at Conner Prairie in 2018 is Jan. 5.

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The deadline to apply for Conner Prairie’s highly competitive youth volunteer program for 2018 is next week.

Applications are available online and must be received by 11:59 p.m. Jan. 5.

The program teaches youth ages 10-18 personal development skills in a hands-on, immersive and fun environment. Youth volunteer in both historic costumes and modern clothes throughout the museum’s historic grounds, indoor experiences and more. Youth also volunteer at special events that Conner Prairie stages throughout the year.

Staff members guide youth throughout the year to help them develop and enhance people skills, including how to speak with, interact with and engage museum visitors of all ages. Youth are required to volunteer for one full year and achieve a minimum of 120 hours.

The application process is highly competitive as just 100 spots are available. Hundreds typically seek a spot in the program.

Volunteer group raises $95,000 to support play area improvements, programs at Conner Prairie

Conner Prairie Alliance President Linda Tyler presents a check to museum President and CEO Norman Burns for $95,000 to support three museum initiatives in 2018.

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Today at its annual meeting, an all-female, all-volunteer group that raises funds to support Conner Prairie announced its major gift for 2018.

Conner Prairie Alliance President Linda Tyler awarded museum President and CEO Norman Burns $95,000 to support three museum initiatives — $90,000 for improvements to the River Crossing play area inside the Civil War Journey experience, $2,500 to support the textiles operations and $2,500 to the agriculture department. Continue reading