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Conner Prairie freshens up Prairietown exhibit

March 24, 2012

The pioneer village that’s been at Conner Prairie since 1974 will get an update, or one could say, a historically accurate upgrade, this year.

Conner Prairie Interactive History Park will unveil a $160,000 renovation to Prairietown at its grand reopening weekend, June 9-10.

One of the new features is an 1836-style business that really does generate revenue for Conner Prairie. At Barker Brothers’ Pottery Shop, visitors can watch a master craftsman at work, then try their hand at using the model spinning wheels. At select times, and for an additional fee, guests can make a piece to take home.

In the newly remodeled town store, guests can buy goods and souvenirs, but they have to earn their “money” by lending a hand to townsfolk. Coins can be earned by feeding live animals, helping with chores and assisting tradesmen.

Several other existing historic buildings will offer hands-on activities, such as a new play kitchen in the Campbell home, horseshoe activity table in the blacksmith’s shop, chalk stenciling in the Curtis home, remodeled dress-up station in the McClure house, a life-size covered wagon with supplies, and furniture to move in and out of the Cabin for Sale.

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