Interpreter Elaine McCreery’s quest: Change the world

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Elaine McCreery has been a part-time interpreter at Conner Prairie since 2014. She currently works on weekends and is pursuing her law degree and working two internships during the week.

By Hannah Kiefer
For Elaine McCreery, studying law and working as an interpreter at Conner Prairie have more in common than you’d think. Namely, both allow her to “change the world” in a positive way.

“That’s the dream, right? To get paid to change the world?” she joked.

Elaine studied theater and nonprofit management as an undergraduate student at Indiana University. She graduated in 2014 and knew she wanted to take a year off before going on to law school. For her, she said Conner Prairie was a perfect fit for her gap year. It was so perfect in fact that she began working as an interpreter before she even officially graduated, commuting between Bloomington and Fishers. Continue reading

Duke Energy Foundation grant to help Conner Prairie begin new maker’s program

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Conner Prairie President and CEO Norman O. Burns accepts a $15,000 supportive grant from Duke Energy Foundation’s Mark LaBarr, the organization’s government and community relations manager for Hamilton County. The grant will be used to begin a new maker’s program at Conner Prairie.

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Conner Prairie is set to begin establishing a new maker’s program that will debut in phases starting later this year. Monday, the program received a boost from Duke Energy Foundation, which gave $15,000 to support the maker’s space initiative.

The grant is Duke Energy’s latest support of Conner Prairie. In 2014, the company gave $250,000 to help fund the year-round, STEM-focused exhibit Create.Connect. The grant will help Conner Prairie develop and prototype programming, create temporary venues to implement and evaluate its programs and provide continued learning opportunities for teachers that focus on how the making movement supports STEM learning.

The grant will also help the museum build a permanent maker space that will feature year-round programming and maker-oriented school programs that meet or exceed Indiana’s educational standards. Continue reading

One seam at a time: Interpreters create dress by hand in just 2 days

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Conner Prairie interpreters Sarah Withrow (left) and Rachel Poe work to create a dress with unique features in just two days.

By Hannah Kiefer
On Mother’s Day weekend, several interpreters set out on a project they’d never done before – make a dress from start to finish in just two days.

And, aside from embellishments and a few final touches, they succeeded.

The idea came about after some staff members saw a similar project done at another history museum, said interpreter Jenny Sherrill. Five people worked nearly nonstop on the dress, from cutting fabric to sewing on pleats. Continue reading

Curious minds welcome, new fun set for fourth annual Curiosity Fair June 11-12

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Guests of all ages explore interactive demonstrations and hands-on experiments, ask questions and get answers at the 2016 Curiosity Fair at Conner Prairie June 11-12.

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Sponsored by Kroger and Dow Agrosciences. the 2016 Curiosity Fair at Conner Prairie runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 11-12 at Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Road in Fishers.

Guests of all ages explore interactive demonstrations and hands-on experiments, ask questions and get answers. Continue reading

3 new brewers added to lineup to offer tastings at History on Tap June 3

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More than 1,200 are expected at the fifth annual History on Tap June 3 at Conner Prairie. The craft beer tasting event is presented by the Horizon Council, the museum’s young professionals group.

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There’ll be threenew brewers joining a large group of returning brewers to provide taste samples. A $10 dinner buffet will feature tasty food. And there’ll be live entertainment throughout the evening at this intimate event geared for young central Indiana professionals.

Where? At the fifth annual History on Tap June 3.

The action starts at 6:30 p.m. Guests can get up close and personal with representatives of the more than 20 local brewers and ask questions or give feedback on their favorites. New brewers this year will be Deer Creek, Heady Hollow and Metazoa. Continue reading