Full-time employee set record in 2015 for youth volunteer hours


Emily Nyman is Conner Prairie’s all-time volunteer hours record holder for youth. In 2015, she gave 1,066 hours. Though she’s off to college, Conner Prairie has a big place in her heart and has since first visiting when she was 8.

By Hannah Keifer
Emily Nyman set a record for youth volunteers at Conner Prairie. Last year, she logged 1,066 hours, breaking the all-time record set in 2002. That’s an equivalent of about more than 6 weeks of 24-hour work.

Emily first started coming to Conner Prairie when she was 8. She, her mother and sister were members and Emily said she loved watching the interpreters engage guests.

“The interactiveness just grabbed my attention,” she said. Continue reading

Reimagined, reinterpreted Conner House, historic grounds open Thursday

A view of the historic Conner House at Conner Prairie from the back of the prairie along the White River.

Staff Report
Two hundred years ago, a fur trapper named William Conner made his living in the woods of Hamilton County. He lived among the Native Americans on the banks of the White River, fought in the War of 1812 and played an instrumental role in the transformation of Indiana from a territory to statehood.

He spent the next 15 years transforming himself from a trapper and trader to a gentleman and statesman who lived in a red brick home at the top of a hill – the Conner House, the heart of Conner Prairie.

Over the years, the house bustled with business and politics. It was the meeting place for county commissioners, home to the Circuit Court and served as the post office in the early days of the county. Visitors traveled from far away to discuss legislation around the dinner table and strike business deals in the best room. It was a cultural hub where big ideas were stretched and pulled as leaders wrestled with how to best guide our state though its infancy. Continue reading

Registration for Conner Prairie summer day camps begins Wednesday

Registration for Conner Prairie summer day camps begins Wednesday. Last year, 2,113 attended one of several week-long camps offered.

Staff Report
Registration opens Wednesday for summer day camps at Conner Prairie.

Ten different weeks of Adventure Camp for youth ages 5-15 from June 6 through Aug. 12 and five specialty camps for youth ages 8-12 from June 6 to July 22 will be offered this summer:

Adventure Camp: June 6-August 12
Adventure Camp provides outdoor fun and excitement for youth ages 5-15 in Conner Prairie’s unique environment. Highly skilled and trained staff members and camp counselors guide and lead campers through an action-packed week of activities, including a zip line, obstacle course, arts and crafts, canoeing, swimming, fishing, archery, cooking over a fire, making ice cream, horse rides and more. Continue reading