Study: Conner Prairie contributes $39.1 million to Indiana’s economy in 2016

Conner Prairie was established in 1934 with pharmaceutical entrepreneur Eli Lilly purchased the Hamilton County property.

Conner Prairie infused $39.1 million into Indiana’s economy in 2016, according to results of a new economic impact study commissioned by the museum.

Funds spent at the museum, in Hamilton County and surrounding counties in addition to funds spent by Conner Prairie on local goods and services infused $5.9 million more into the state’s economy last year than in 2014, the year of the museum’s last economic impact study.

Spending generated by Conner Prairie also created 560 full-time, part-time, seasonal and temporary jobs, and generated $12.6 million in wage and salary income. Additionally, spending related to Conner Prairie in 2016 generated $10.2 million in local, state and federal taxes. Continue reading

New, 7-acre corn maze set to open at Conner Prairie Sept. 23

The new, 7-acre corn maze at Conner Prairie opens Sept. 23.

A large corn maze that’s sure to be a hit this fall and beyond at Conner Prairie has been designed and cut and is growing tall at Conner Prairie.

The new, 7-acre maze opens Sept. 23 and will remain open during regular operating hours through the end of the museum’s outdoor season on Oct 29. Continue reading

Youth theater group to perform play at Conner Prairie on 5 dates

Staff Report
Young actors with Asante Children’s Theatre will stage five performances of a full-length play beginning July 27 at Conner Prairie.

“More Light: Douglass Returns” written by Indiana playwright Celeste Williams was inspired by the historic return to Indiana by prominent American abolitionist, writer and speaker Frederick Douglass. Continue reading

Experience area close-up: 1816 Lenape Indian Camp

Interpreter Mike Pace works with a young girl, teaching her how to throw an authentic tomahawk inside 1816 Lenape Indian Camp at Conner Prairie.

By Hannah Kiefer
Last but not least in our experience area close-up series, we visit 1816 Lenape Indian Camp, the earliest time period that our visitors get to explore when they visit Conner Prairie.

Lenape Indian Camp looks at the relationship between white settlers in Indiana in the early 19th century and the Lenape Indians, also known as the Delaware Indians. Because Indiana became a state in 1816, the camp invites visitors to explore changes that statehood presented to the inhabitants of the land at that time. The experience area opened in the mid-2000s. Continue reading

Experience area close-up: 1859 Balloon Voyage

Our 1859 Balloon Voyage opened in 2009, and it tells the story of the first airmail delivery in the U.S., which happened in Lafayette, Ind. 

By Hannah Kiefer
For the next two weeks, we’re taking our blog to new heights as we explore another experience area: 1859 Balloon Voyage.

The experience opened in 2009. It tells the story of John Wise, a balloonist who carried out the first airmail delivery in the U.S. back in 1859. The feat occurred in Lafayette, Ind.

Wise was an enthusiastic balloonist and he flew various balloons just about every season for decades. He was especially interested in the “rivers of wind,” or a rudimentary concept similar to the jet stream that we know today. Wise never flew high enough to access the jet stream, though; his balloons were not built for such heights. But his ideas weren’t entirely incorrect when it came to how to navigate the wind above the ground. Continue reading