2014 Year in Review: August’s Prairie Pursuits & Conner Vault

40D_connerprairie_fermentfoods_50_20140816_1920Participants learned how to make and preserve food in the Fermented Foods workshop, led by Fermenti Artisan. This class was one of several Prairie Pursuits workshops that encourage teenagers and adults to learn something new in 2014.

By Katie Arnold
Communications Specialist

During the month of August, Conner Prairie hosted five workshops as part of the new Prairie Pursuits program: Conner Prairie at Dawn; Fermented Foods Workshop; Pottery: Hand Building & Wood Firing; Dulcimer Basics; and Beginning Weaving on a Four Harness Loom. Overall, Prairie Pursuits classes were well received, and the schedule is set for new classes in 2015.

“In Conner Prairie’s mission we talk about ‘inspiring curiosity,’” said Nathan Allen, historic trades manager. “The Prairie Pursuits classes allow participants to explore their curiosity by connecting in a more in-depth and hands-on way with opportunities to explore topics as varied as blacksmithing, bread making, hog butchering and iPhone photography that they might not be able to do on their own. We can be the conduit to connect our facilities and experts in their field to folks that have an interest in these areas. And besides, isn’t it just plain fun to learn something new?” Continue reading

2014 Year in Review: July’s record breaking attendance, camps & more

_DSC5025Conner Prairie’s summer camps drew a record attendance in 2014, during which kids participated in muddy tug-of-war contests, obstacle courses, art projects, science experiments, archaeology digs and many other exciting activities.

By Katie Arnold
Communications Specialist

From our Independence Day celebration, Glorious Fourth, to the wedding of Ada and James in Prairietown, July was a busy month. We kicked off July with our annual celebration of the Fourth of July in 1836 Prairietown with decorations of red, white and blue, the singing of patriotic songs and the reading of the Declaration of Independence. Then there was the wedding of Ada McClure and James Cox. Guests celebrated the wedding of two of the town’s young citizens with a ceremony, cake, dancing and other 19th-century festivities. Continue reading

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

MLK_DaySeveral activities are planned inside Conner Prairie’s Welcome Center on Monday in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Monday, admission is free to Conner Prairie.

Staff Report

Visitors to Conner Prairie will gain admission to the park for free Monday in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Throughout the day, visitors can celebrate and learn more about the power of non-violent protest. Continue reading

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

5 join Conner Prairie’s board of directors

New to Conner Prairie’s board of directors in 2015 are (from left) Gay Dwyer, Jay Love, Dick Ristine, Jenny Schalliol, Shawn Smith, Marcilynn Keys and Cyrus Keck.

Staff Report

Conner Prairie announces the addition of five new members that will serve on the organization’s board of directors starting in 2015:

Gay Dwyer
Gay Dwyer has a long history of civic involvement and currently serves on the boards of the Indianapolis Garden Club, National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the state of Indiana and the Woodstock Club. She is a past regional director of chapters for Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity and a former chairwoman of Conner Prairie’s board of directors. Continue reading