Conner Prairie earns national award for new William Conner House experiences

The American Alliance of Museums has awarded Conner Prairie with a 2017 Excellence in Exhibition award for the reimagination of William Conner House.

Staff Report
Chalk up another national honor for Conner Prairie.

Monday, the American Alliance of Museums awarded Conner Prairie an Excellence in Exhibition award, honoring the work done last year to transform William Conner House with the installation of new interactive and media experiences. Continue reading

Interpreter began Prairietown potter’s role 38 years ago

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Interpreter Larry Gilliam demonstrates his pottery skills to a school group inside the potter’s shop in Prairietown.

By Hannah Kiefer
If visitors have ever purchased a piece of the beautiful pottery sold in the Conner Prairie Store, there’s a good chance it was made by Larry Gilliam – although they may know him better as Mr. Barker, owner of the pottery shop in 1836 Prairetown.

“I’ve touched probably all the pottery that we have here,” he said. He added that although he oversees all of the pottery production, he definitely couldn’t do it without help from fellow interpreters Sarah Richcreek and Jessica Madsen, who also work on pottery. Continue reading

Experience area close-up: Treetop Outpost

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Treetop Outpost opened in July 2016 and has been a popular destination for Conner Prairie visitors. Throughout May, some new additions are being added to the experience.

Staff Report
This summer, we at Conner Prairie are going to dive deeper into all of our outdoor experience areas with social media posts about all the things you can see and do at Conner Prairie.

For the next two weeks, we’ll focus in on our newest experience area, Treetop Outpost, which will be seeing some exciting changes this month. Continue reading

Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital becomes new presenting sponsor

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Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent has become a new presenting sponsor of Conner Prairie for 2017.

Staff Report
Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent has become a new presenting sponsor of Conner Prairie for 2017, supporting the museum’s summer day camps, programming to encourage youth and families to explore nature and messaging to help promote healthy lives in the central Indiana community. Continue reading

New-look Baby Playspace now open inside Discovery Station

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A new Baby Playspace debuted Thursday inside Discovery Station at Conner Prairie.

Staff report
There’s a new and improved Baby Playspace inside Discovery Station at Conner Prairie. The new space now features sensory toys, books, mirrors and more for babies and their grownups to interact with.

The team that worked on the project has been working on the updates to the area since December.

Exhibit Developer Cathy Donnelly said the new play area was created based on guest feedback from a survey sent to visitors last fall fall. Parents asked for more sensory toys, interactive options and colorful décor, among other things. Continue reading