Performances to celebrate lives, contributions of influential black Hoosiers

Staff Report
Black Hoosiers: Untold Tales” is a new collection of museum theater performances that celebrates the lives and contributions of African-American Hoosiers that will be performed from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24 at Conner Prairie.

Each evening will include a performance of “Rhodes Family Incident,” a 30-minute play written by Crystal V. Rhodes and in collaboration with Asante Children’s Theatre, that tells the story of two contemporary college students who grew up in Westfield, Ind., and discover a historical racial incident that challenges their notions of identity and their hometown. Continue reading

Admission to Conner Prairie free on Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 15

Admission to Conner Prairie is free for everyone on Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 15.

Admission to Conner Prairie free on Jan. 15 in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Live theater, family games, art and more will celebrate the life of the most visible leader of the civil rights movement on Jan. 15 at Conner Prairie.

Admission to the museum on Martin Luther King Jr. Day is free. Last year, nearly 2,000 guests honored King’s vision of what could be achieved through non-violent protests. Continue reading

Deadline to apply for a Conner Prairie 2018 youth volunteer program spot is Jan. 5

The deadline for youth ages 10-18 to apply for a youth volunteer position at Conner Prairie in 2018 is Jan. 5.

Staff Report
The deadline to apply for Conner Prairie’s highly competitive youth volunteer program for 2018 is next week.

Applications are available online and must be received by 11:59 p.m. Jan. 5.

The program teaches youth ages 10-18 personal development skills in a hands-on, immersive and fun environment. Youth volunteer in both historic costumes and modern clothes throughout the museum’s historic grounds, indoor experiences and more. Youth also volunteer at special events that Conner Prairie stages throughout the year.

Staff members guide youth throughout the year to help them develop and enhance people skills, including how to speak with, interact with and engage museum visitors of all ages. Youth are required to volunteer for one full year and achieve a minimum of 120 hours.

The application process is highly competitive as just 100 spots are available. Hundreds typically seek a spot in the program.

Up close: A conestoga wagon built in 1797, part of Conner Prairie’s collections

Staff Report
Last week, we shared the story of 89-year-old Sara Wood, who recently told her family that she wished that she could see in person an old wagon that her ancestors traveled in when they relocated from Pennsylvania to Indiana in 1847. The wagon is part of Conner Prairie’s collections. Continue reading

Descendant of early Hamilton County settler has sole Christmas wish granted at Conner Prairie

Sara Wood heard many tales about her family’s 1847 journey in an old covered wagon from Pennsylvania to Indiana and always wanted to feel the wagon’s presence herself. Today, that happened at Conner Prairie.

By Duane Brodt and Ephraim Rudolph
On Thanksgiving, 89-year-old Sara Wood told her family a tale about how her ancestors relocated from Pennsylvania to Indiana in 1847 by traveling in an old covered wagon pulled by oxen.

Passed down through generations since built in 1797, she said the relic was a special family heirloom that she’d always heard about but never seen. Wood told her family she didn’t know where it is today, though she’d heard rumors that it might be somewhere in Chicago.

She told her family that she had just one Christmas wish this year. Her wish was to see that covered wagon herself.

That happened today. At Conner Prairie. Continue reading