Staff networks with other heritage breed experts at international conference

There are only about 40 English Longhorn cattle, like the ones at Conner Prairie, in the U.S.

By Ephraim Rudolph
Three of Conner Prairie’s agricultural staff recently attended the Livestock Conservancy’s 2017 Heritage Livestock Conference at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. Agriculturalists interested in heritage breed animals traveled from all corners of the world to attend.

The working farm and agriculture experience at the museum boasts a number of rare heritage breed animals, including Ossabaw Island hogs, Arapaw goats, Tunis sheep and English Longhorn cattle. The Livestock Conservancy tracks the health and population levels of rare species like these, and measures their endangered status on a five-point scale from “study” to “critically endangered.”

Conner Prairie’s Arapaw goats and Ossabaw Island hogs are at the critically endangered status while the slightly less-endangered Tunis sheep are at a mid-level watch status. Continue reading

Conner Prairie offers uniquely Indiana gifts on Museum Store Sunday Nov. 26

The Conner Prairie Store is one of 550 museums from throughout the U.S., 10 other countries and three continents participating in Museum Store Sunday on Nov. 26..

By Alicia Kelly
More than 550 museum stores throughout the world will be offering consumers a special shopping experience on Nov. 26. And the Conner Prairie Store is one of them.

Shoppers can expect a little more from the store on Museum Store Sunday.

The inaugural year of this campaign is inspired by the special shopping experience that museums offer their visitors in their one-of-a-kind stores. Museum Store Sunday is built around the idea that the shopping experience supports the missions and programs of each participating museum and cultural institution. Museums from all U.S. states, 10 countries and three continents are participating. Continue reading

Conner Prairie names Cincinnati native vice president-chief development officer

Cincinnati native and Carmel, Ind., resident Andrew Bradford has been named vice president-chief development officer at Conner Prairie, one of top outdoor history museums in the U.S.

Staff Report
Cincinnati native and Carmel, Ind., resident Andrew Bradford has joined Conner Prairie as vice president-chief development officer.

The fundraising professional will be responsible for managing daily operations of the development efforts to obtain financial support for the museum through individual, corporate, government and foundation sources, among others. A member of the museum’s leadership team, Bradford will work with the board of directors to fulfill organizational fundraising goals and manage the board’s development committee.

He joins Conner Prairie from the national Alzheimer’s Association, where he was national director of donor stewardship. He has also served in senior positions with the YMCA of the USA in Chicago, CCS Fundraising in Chicago and the YMCA/JCC of Greater Toledo, Ohio. He has raised more than $85 million in his career.

Originally from Cincinnati, Bradford earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Albion College in Albion, Mich., where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He is a member of the Association of Donor Relations Professionals.

Brunch guests to sample delicacies from within 100 miles of Conner Prairie

Prairie Plates continues Saturday with the 100-Mile Brunch, featuring the culinary talents of Ivy Tech Community College Chef Tom England and his students.

By Ephraim Rudolph
Last fall, Conner Prairie co-hosted a first-time culinary event with Ivy Tech Community College as part of the Prairie Plates dining series. Following the resounding success of that first event, a second 100-Mile Brunch will be held at Conner Prairie Saturday.

Prairie Plates organizer and Conner Prairie Director of Programs and Education Chris Petrelli said the idea for the brunch came from a symposium given by Ivy Tech Chef Tom England who espoused the “100-Mile Diet,” which is all about eating food sourced locally from within 100 miles of where a person lives. Continue reading

Prairie Pursuits workshops to teach pottery, knifemaking

Prairie Pursuits classes allow adults and teens to learn various trades, including pottery. 

By Ephraim Rudolph
This Saturday, Conner Prairie will present two Prairie Pursuits workshops geared towards teaching adults and teenagers different trade skills: Fun at the Potter’s Wheel and Primitive Knifemaking.

Scheduled to run from 9:30 a.m. to noon., Fun at the Potter’s Wheel is an introductory pottery class taught by Larry Gilliam, Conner Prairie’s senior historic trades interpreter.

“It’s an introduction to the potter’s wheel, maybe for someone who’s always wanted to try it but never did,” Gilliam said of the class. Continue reading