Conner Prairie names Cincinnati native vice president-chief development officer

Cincinnati native and Carmel, Ind., resident Andrew Bradford has been named vice president-chief development officer at Conner Prairie, one of top outdoor history museums in the U.S.

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Cincinnati native and Carmel, Ind., resident Andrew Bradford has joined Conner Prairie as vice president-chief development officer.

The fundraising professional will be responsible for managing daily operations of the development efforts to obtain financial support for the museum through individual, corporate, government and foundation sources, among others. A member of the museum’s leadership team, Bradford will work with the board of directors to fulfill organizational fundraising goals and manage the board’s development committee.

He joins Conner Prairie from the national Alzheimer’s Association, where he was national director of donor stewardship. He has also served in senior positions with the YMCA of the USA in Chicago, CCS Fundraising in Chicago and the YMCA/JCC of Greater Toledo, Ohio. He has raised more than $85 million in his career.

Originally from Cincinnati, Bradford earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Albion College in Albion, Mich., where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He is a member of the Association of Donor Relations Professionals.

Brunch guests to sample delicacies from within 100 miles of Conner Prairie

Prairie Plates continues Saturday with the 100-Mile Brunch, featuring the culinary talents of Ivy Tech Community College Chef Tom England and his students.

By Ephraim Rudolph
Last fall, Conner Prairie co-hosted a first-time culinary event with Ivy Tech Community College as part of the Prairie Plates dining series. Following the resounding success of that first event, a second 100-Mile Brunch will be held at Conner Prairie Saturday.

Prairie Plates organizer and Conner Prairie Director of Programs and Education Chris Petrelli said the idea for the brunch came from a symposium given by Ivy Tech Chef Tom England who espoused the “100-Mile Diet,” which is all about eating food sourced locally from within 100 miles of where a person lives. Continue reading

Prairie Pursuits workshops to teach pottery, knifemaking

Prairie Pursuits classes allow adults and teens to learn various trades, including pottery. 

By Ephraim Rudolph
This Saturday, Conner Prairie will present two Prairie Pursuits workshops geared towards teaching adults and teenagers different trade skills: Fun at the Potter’s Wheel and Primitive Knifemaking.

Scheduled to run from 9:30 a.m. to noon., Fun at the Potter’s Wheel is an introductory pottery class taught by Larry Gilliam, Conner Prairie’s senior historic trades interpreter.

“It’s an introduction to the potter’s wheel, maybe for someone who’s always wanted to try it but never did,” Gilliam said of the class. Continue reading

Ghost horse at Conner Prairie? Lilly’s horse may haunt grounds

Eli Lilly’s prize horse, Jeb Stuart, is buried on the grounds of Conner Prairie somewhere near the Lenape Indian Camp. 

By Ephraim Rudolph
Every day, visitors to Conner Prairie’s Lenape Indian camp unknowingly pass by the grave of Jeb Stuart.

The precise location where he lies has long been forgotten, as there has been no tombstone above his burial site for many years.

It’s said that on certain evenings, when the air is deathly still, Conner Prairie staffers in the Lenape area have heard strange noises that can only have been made by the ghost of Jeb Stuart: Ghoulish hoofbeats and disembodied winnying.

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New tales from the grounds: Is Conner Prairie haunted?

Ghostly sightings in the woods, strange sounds in buildings and other odd occurrences have been observed by several Conner Prairie employees through the years at various places on the museum’s historic grounds.

By Ephraim Rudolph
Ghost sightings, eerie noises and other inexplicably spooky phenomena have been woven into the fabric of life at Conner Prairie for decades, particularly during the Halloween season.

Some stories have become legend among employees.

The following tales, which all occurred in the past two years, are in no way part of an ever-growing collection of evidence that Conner Prairie is haunted. Or are they? Continue reading