Hog butchering to show how 1800s families prepped for winter months ahead

Two hogs will be butchered this week at Conner Prairie to show how families in the 1800s planned for life in the cold winter months ahead.

Staff Report

This week, two hogs will be butchered in 1836 Prairietown during Holiday Adventures. These events are open for members and the general public. The butchering will occur at the Golden Eagle Inn.

The butchering aligns with goals from the Conner Prairie Foodways Program, which seeks to inspire guests to learn more about Indiana’s past through sensory experiences with food. The hog butchering reminds guests that during the 1800s, about one hog per person was butchered as part of a family’s winter harvest to provide food for the next 6 to 8 months.

All of the meat and other materials from the hogs will be used throughout the year by Conner Prairie program staff. The butchering is open for observation so the public can learn butchering techniques and cooking processes used during the 1800s. Cooking demonstrations will include making lard, pork tenderloin, sausage and more.

Anyone coming to Holiday Adventures this week and wanting to avoid the butchering demonstrations should avoid the Golden Eagle Inn this week.