Delaware Indian Tribe returns for Woodland Indian School Program and more

146557493.7E2QJiRJEvery year, members of the Delaware Indian Tribe of Oklahoma dance with kids and adults during Dance! Lenape Indian Traditions and the Woodland Indian School Program.

By Katie Arnold
Communications Specialist

Each October, six members of the Delaware (Lenape) Indian Tribe of Oklahoma travel to Conner Prairie to share their heritage with Conner Prairie visitors. This year, these individuals will share their culture through dancing demonstrations during Dance! Lenape Indian Traditions, a public program on Oct. 3. On Oct. 4, they will join guests of Prairie Plates, which will feature Native American-inspired cuisine created by Alan Sternberg, the executive chef of Cerulean Restaurant. And, they will also spend three days with Indiana students during the Woodland Indian School Program.

The Woodland Indian School Program offers groups of students a day-long look into the culture of the Lenape people. Throughout the day, students will attend six group sessions led by our Lenape guests and Conner Prairie staff that discuss different aspects of Lenape history and heritage. Continue reading

Check out some images of Wednesday’s new balloon inflation

Check out some images from the inflation of our new balloon earlier this week. We’ve posted even more on Flickr, including some images from a drone. If the weather cooperates, flights start Thursday when Conner Prairie opens its 2015 outdoor season.

Remembering Elizabeth Foster: Longtime teacher, treasured interpreter

LFElizabeth Foster began working as a volunteer at Conner Prairie in 1982. She eventually retired from teaching, joined the staff in 1994 and took on many roles – textile weaver, characters in special programs and an English traveler and guest of the Golden Eagle Inn in 1836 Prairietown.

By Katie Arnold
Communications Specialist

The Conner Prairie community mourns the passing of an interpreter and friend.

Elizabeth Foster – Liz, as most called her – passed away unexpectedly earlier this month while visiting her family in England.

Originally from Manchester, England, she came to America in 1964 as a young teacher in an exchange program with the Indiana School for the Deaf. Having grown up with a father who was deaf, Foster fell into the role perfectly. This exchange program offered her the chance to make connections and learn new teaching methods. She enjoyed her time at the Indiana School for the Deaf so much that she decided to stay and work for them. She remained at the school for 30 years. Continue reading

2014 Year in Review: April’s Autism Awareness Month

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Visitors with autism and sensory or developmental challenges enjoyed our Nature Walk and all our indoor and outdoor experience areas for free and exclusively, before the park was opened to the general public. 

By Melanie Hayes
Communications Specialist

Conner Prairie celebrated Autism Awareness Month in April by offering early free admission on select days for visitors with autism and sensory or developmental challenges. The early hours were designed to respect the needs of people who benefit from a quieter experience. Visitors with sensory or developmental challenges were invited to enjoy full access to the park and its offerings, such as interacting with baby animals, strolling along the Nature Walk, self-guided exploration of outdoor historical areas, crafts and more. Morning guests could then choose to stay and spend the rest of the day on the grounds once we opened them to the general public. Continue reading

2014 Year in Review: March’s Passport to Hi Tech, Prairie Plates and more

Hog-3Participants learn the art of butchering a hog from snout to tail in our Prairie Pursuits Whole Hog Butchering class.

By Melanie Hayes
Communications Specialist

March was a very busy month on the Prairie! We started the month by partnering with Women & Hi Tech to launch a new STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) event called Passport to High Tech. The event was meant to inspire, engage and educate young girls in biology, chemistry, physics, robotics and more. Through a variety of hands-on activities, experiments and Q&A sessions with Hoosier women in science professions, we showed girls that science can be exciting and is not just for boys. Passport to Hi Tech will return in March.

Additionally, Conner Prairie announced two new series of adult programs: Prairie Plates and Prairie Pursuits. And we are currently working on a new season for both programs. Continue reading