Prairietown interpreter starts pursuit of master’s degree in history

Greta Lohe (right) portrayed Ada McClure, the wife of Prairietown carpenter Daniel McClure, portrayed by interpreter Earl Evans.

By Katie Arnold
Communications Specialist

Greta Lohe has loved history since she was a small child but she never envisioned working in the history field. But she never knew that one could have a career in history.

But in 2008 when she was 16, she became a youth volunteer at Conner Prairie and her eyes were opened to the field of history education. Her experience as a youth volunteer and later as a staff interpreter convinced Greta that she had the desire to teach others about the past.

That’s why Greta decided to major in history and international studies at Taylor University and why she headed to Washington, D.C., on Aug. 19 to pursue a master’s degree in history at George Mason University. She hopes to eventually gain a doctorate degree. Continue reading

News: Conner Prairie names Zuccarello chief development officer

Fundraising professional Karrie Zuccarello has joined Conner Prairie as chief development officer.

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Fundraising professional Karrie Zuccarello of Indianapolis has been named chief development officer at Conner Prairie. She joins the museum from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, where she was director of development since 2011. In that role, she managed SPEA’s major gift program, corporate and foundation relations, annual fund and stewardship.

Previously, she worked as associate director of major gifts, corporate and foundation relations and events at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She started her career with the March of Dimes Foundation, where she served as senior community director in the Chicago division and community director in the Pennsylvania chapter. Continue reading

Weekend’s ‘Our Better Angels’ program shares history behind 19th Amendment

Throughout the weekend, Conner Prairie will be presenting a new program, “Our Better Angels,” to celebrate the 95th anniversary of the 19th amendment.

By Katie Arnold
Communications Specialist

On Aug. 18, 1919, Congress ratified the 19th Amendment to the Constitution and granted women the right to vote. This came after a long and hard-fought battle by countless women – and men – to ensure women’s equal voting rights.

This weekend, Conner Prairie will be presenting a new program, “Our Better Angels,” to celebrate the 95th anniversary of the 19th amendment.

Throughout the weekend, visitors to Conner Prairie can witness speeches about inequality, women’s rights and the struggle of suffragists. They can engage in spirited debates with characters throughout the park. And they can learn about some of the real suffragists in Indiana’s history. It will be a day to celebrate the brave women of the past, enliven those in our present and inspire women of the future. Continue reading

Celebrating 30 years: Apple Store at Conner Prairie opens for season Sept. 1

The Apple Store at Conner Prairie, operated by members of the Conner Prairie Alliance, opens Sept. 1. The store features hand-dipped caramel apples, cider, lots of other treats and gift items. The Apple Store is open through Oct. 31.

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When the Apple Store at Conner Prairie opens for its 30th year in a couple of weeks, a new treat will mark the significant milestone: A limited-edition pearlescent caramel apple.

“The traditional gift for a 30-year anniversary is the pearl so we’ve found a way to create a special hand-dipped pearlescent caramel apple this season,” said Marcilynn Keys, president of the Conner Prairie Alliance, a volunteer group that operates the store. “We’re sure it will be a hit.”

The Apple Store opens at 11 a.m. Sept. 1, offering a 15 percent discount on all items in the store. The store will be open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through Oct. 31. During October’s Headless Horseman, hours will be extended until 9 p.m. Continue reading

Applications for new residency for African-American playwright due Aug. 31

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Conner Prairie, in collaboration with Asante Children’s Theatre, is inaugurating a new residency for an African-American playwright from September through June 2016.

The selected artist will be invited to work with both the museum and theater to create a short-play series on issues of African-American history in Indiana to be performed at Conner Prairie and other venues.

The 10-month residency includes writing and workshop space, research support, dramaturgy and a $4,000 stipend. The schedule of work will be determined at the beginning of the project. Continue reading