Indiana’s bicentennial torch to pass through Conner Prairie Oct. 13

The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay will pass through Conner Prairie on Oct. 13. The museum is planning a street party with music, games and entertainment plus opportunities to cheer on the torchbearers as they make their way through the grounds.

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Conner Prairie’s throwing a street party Oct. 13 and everyone’s invited to witness history.

The party’s for Indiana, which is having its 200th birthday this year. And the guest of honor will be Indiana’s bicentennial torch. Seven runners will pass it five times while on our grounds during this historic event during which the torch will touch all 92 Indiana counties.

The torch will be in Hamilton County from late afternoon through the evening, weaving its way from Carmel and Westfield through Fishers and finally to Noblesville starting at 3 p.m. It’s set to arrive at Conner Prairie at 6 p.m.

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What kind of winter will we have? 1836 Prairietown residents weigh in

Residents of Prairietown are talking about what kind of winter we’re going to have, using nature to help them with their predictions.

By Hannah Kiefer
It’s officially fall and that means cooler weather is headed our way. But, how cold will it get – and how much snow will there be? During the 19th century, people had a few methods for predicting weather, most of them relying on patterns or phenomena found in nature.

Some would also turn to the Farmer’s Almanac for predictions about what kind of weather to expect.

Here are some of the more popular methods. Also, here’s a comparison of the 1836 Farmer’s Almanac predictions to its 2016 predictions. Continue reading

3 authors to hold free public signings of books this month at Conner Prairie Store

Three authors will have free, open-to-the-public signings of their books at Conner Prairie this month. All three books are either available now for purchase or be available soon in the Conner Prairie Store inside the museum’s Welcome Center.

By Hannah Kiefer
This month, Conner Prairie will welcome three authors on select days and times to sign copies of their books. Dennis E. Horvath, Chris Stevenson and James Alexander Thom will all hold free signings of their recent works inside the Conner Prairie Store. All three signings are open to the general public. Continue reading

Smithsonian Magazine’s annual Museum Day Live is Sept. 24; free admission for all

Smithsonian_Day_Live_1More than 2,400 visitors enjoyed Conner Prairie for free last year on Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live.

Visitors throughout the region can enjoy historic Conner Prairie for free in just a few weeks.

Conner Prairie hosts Smithsonian Magazine’s annual Museum Day Live from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 24. Last year, more than 2,400 visited the museum and enjoyed its eight indoor and outdoor destinations. Continue reading