Fun-filled free day allows children of all ages to learn about U.S. presidents

Nicole Livingston (left) of Indianapolis spent President’s Day at Conner Prairie with 8-year-old daughter Joanna and 6-year-old son A.J.

Staff Report
Seven-year-old Zaylee loved going to George Washington’s birthday party on President’s Day at Conner Prairie. She learned that the face of first president of the U.S. is one of the four faces carved in Mt. Rushmore.

Her older brother, 9-year-old Zion, loved learning about wind technology, how one wind can blow another wind the other way. “That was neat,” he said. “I didn’t know winds could do that.”

And the oldest of the sisters, Monyay, 12, didn’t want to go inside the museum’s new makerspace area at first. But once she saw all the activity, she grabbed a hammer and some nails and started pounding. “I also got to saw some wood,” she said. “Maybe I’ll build something someday.”

The Indianapolis siblings were three of 1,415 guests let their senses – and their curiosity – lead them in learning about Indiana history on a free admission day Monday. Continue reading

Performers gel at work, on stage as comedians at ComedySportz

Conner Prairie interpreters Kelsey Van Voorst (left) and Bill Wilkison recently performed together at ComedySportz in downtown Indianapolis.

By Christine DeJoy
Kelsey Van Voorst and Bill Wilkison know how to make Conner Prairie visitors laugh and have a good time. They take their love of comedy and their jobs seriously.

When they’re together, the infectious energy and laughter that permeates the room is obvious.

“You love coming to work because you know it’s going to be fun,” Kelsey said. Continue reading