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

Exhibits director selected for international executive education residency

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Brian Mancuso has been with Conner Prairie since 2012, leading efforts to conceptualize and create new exhibits and reinvigorate others.

As director of exhibits, he has led a team of five and outside vendors to make Create.Connect, Discovery Station and Craft Corner, Treetop Outpost and most recently the reimagined William Conner House.

Next month, he’ll head to California as one of 62 others selected for residency in an international executive education program for museum leaders.

Mancuso’s residency is through the Getty Leadership Institute at California’s Claremont Graduate University. He will be part of an international group hand-picked by the institute that includes participants from the U.S. and eight other countries. He’ll take part in a program designed for mid-level managers tapped as the next generation of museum leaders.

Before joining Conner Prairie, Mancuso was director of exhibits at the Health Museum in Houston, Texas. Originally from Tampa, Fla., he earned a bachelor’s degree in museum studies and history from Baylor University and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Nebraska.

Supported by the Getty Foundation, the Getty Leadership Institute focuses on fostering learning, thought leadership and networking for museum leaders. The institute has 1,600 alumni from 40 countries.

Tickets on sale now for June 2 craft beer event History on Tap

Those who attend History on Tap at Conner Prairie can both sample craft beer from the area’s leading breweries and learn about the history of home-brewed beer.

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On June 2, adults 21 and older are invited to join Conner Prairie for a one-of-a-kind craft beer event on its historic grounds. More than 20 local breweries – along with several home brewers – will be at the museum to offer tastings, demonstrations and talk about the history of brewing.

History on Tap is presented by the Conner Prairie Horizon Council, the museum’s young professionals group.

Along with these events, guests will also be able to enjoy sunset balloon rides on the 1859 Balloon Voyage if the weather’s good and interact with costumed interpreters ready to join in on the revelry in 1836 Prairietown. Continue reading

Conner Prairie earns national award for new William Conner House experiences

The American Alliance of Museums has awarded Conner Prairie with a 2017 Excellence in Exhibition award for the reimagination of William Conner House.

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Chalk up another national honor for Conner Prairie.

Monday, the American Alliance of Museums awarded Conner Prairie an Excellence in Exhibition award, honoring the work done last year to transform William Conner House with the installation of new interactive and media experiences. Continue reading