Conner Prairie

Visit Indy to map city's strategy for tourism

February 10, 2014
Anthony Schoetle
The $178,000 study will answer key questions about how the city can better connect its highlights, attract and please business and leisure travelers, and hook up with corporate partners.
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Conner Prairie draws record crowds, ramps up programming

January 23, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Conner Prairie isn’t just for summer—or kids—anymore. The Hamilton County interactive museum on Wednesday announced plans to ramp up year-round programming, including more events geared to adults.
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Conner Prairie rolling out adults-only programming

September 14, 2013
Lou Harry
The inaugural Prairie Plates event Sept. 20 represents a big step in the Hamilton County living history museum’s increasing effort to target grown-ups—a trend happening around the country as once-staid institutions look to expand audiences and increase revenue.
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LOU'S VIEWS: In with the old as Conner Prairie adds to its offerings

June 8, 2013
Lou Harry
At the living history museum, new activities are mixed with old favorites—including the grand game of Rounders
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NFP of NOTE: Conner Prairie Interactive History ParkRestricted Content

March 9, 2013
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park inspires curiosity and fosters learning about Indiana’s past by providing engaging, individualized and unique experiences.
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Grant takes Conner Prairie to frontier of science education

September 8, 2012
Dan Human
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park has been awarded a $2.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation, to find ways to encourage history museums to incorporate the often unpopular and intimidating fields of science, technology, engineering and math into their offerings.
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LOU'S VIEWS: A little something new on the Prairie

June 16, 2012
Lou Harry
I’ve been taking my kids and their pals to Conner Prairie for 15 years. But the most recent visit was the first time they wanted to spend the whole time in Prairietown.
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Conner Prairie freshens up Prairietown exhibitRestricted Content

March 24, 2012
Attraction not updated since 1974 will unveil new look in June.
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NFP of NOTE: Conner Prairie Interactive History ParkRestricted Content

March 24, 2012
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park inspires curiosity and fosters learning about Indiana's past by providing engaging, individualized and unique experiences.
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CEO helps Conner Prairie educate by creating 'social experience'Restricted Content

March 10, 2012
Ann Finch
Conner Prairie President and CEO Ellen Rosenthal has brought to the Fishers museum her passion for creating great visitor experiences.
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Conner Prairie attendance up slightly in 2011

January 26, 2012
Visits to the park in 2011 increased nearly 2 percent from the previous year, to 218,063, thanks in part to the opening of its $4.4 million Civil War exhibit.
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Indianapolis outpaces Atlanta pound-for-pound on tourismRestricted Content

July 23, 2011
 IBJ Staff
With 1.8 million people, the Indianapolis area is only one-third the size of Atlanta, yet the area holds its own in conventions and tourism. Indianapolis, for example, has about half the convention space of Atlanta.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Conner Prairie's best raid plans

July 2, 2011
Lou Harry
If you asked me a week ago what I knew about Indiana’s direct involvement in the Civil War, you would have been met with a blank stare. Then I was part of the regiment that helped kick the raiding party out of Indiana as part of the new “1863 Civil War Journey: Raid on Indiana” interactive exhibit at Conner Prairie.
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MORRIS: Check out Conner Prairie's new $4 million gemRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
Greg Morris
When I knew I was going to the exhibit opening, I was pleased because I’d heard so much about it, but I wasn’t expecting to emerge enthusiastically recommending it to just about everyone I talk to. Yet, that’s what happened.
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Museums prepare to open permanent exhibits

May 25, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Conner Prairie and the Children's Museum of Indianapolis each plan to open new permanent exhibits in June at a combined cost of $8.5 million.
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Top museum honor goes to Conner Prairie

January 8, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The living-history attraction is the second Indianapolis institution to win the prestigious National Medal for Museum Service.
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Conner Prairie to open interactive Civil War exhibit

December 1, 2010
J.K. Wall
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park will open a Civil War exhibit in June, hoping for a similar bump in membership and ticket sales as it got from its Balloon Voyage rides the past two years.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Old favorites still satisfy

October 30, 2010
Lou Harry
This week, some top picks from Indianapolis museums' and attractions' permanent collections
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Symphony on the Prairie sets attendance record

September 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s popular outdoor concert series set an attendance record this summer, surpassing the 100,000-mark for just the third time since 1982.
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New Conner Prairie exhibit could be set in 20th century

July 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Work is starting at the former site of Liberty Corner on a new exhibit that will be announced in late summer or early fall.
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BP disaster casts shadow over Hoosier enterprisesRestricted Content

June 26, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
BP franchisee Ricker Oil and Conner Prairie, whose balloon ride is emblazoned with the company logo, find themselves awkwardly linked to the disastrous Gulf oil spill. illainous image.
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City visitors group launches $1.3M ad campaign

May 12, 2010
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association is spending $1.3 million to promote the city to eight Midwestern markets, in hopes of attracting more travelers.
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LOU'S VIEWS: IRT's 'Around the World in 80 Days'

May 8, 2010
Lou Harry
Thoughts on the Indiana Repertory Theatre's season closer ... and an average day at Conner Prairie.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Conner Prairie CEO on missteps, 'The Matrix'

April 28, 2010
Mason King
LQ_Rosenthal_WatchVideoEllen Rosenthal, CEO of the 19th-century history park, shares her biggest career blunder, how to raise funds in a recession, and how Conner Prairie is like a certain sci-fi film.
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Conner Prairie sees attendance, giving increase in 2009

January 29, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Conner Prairie saw increases in both daily admissions and giving in 2009 and ended the annual period in the black for the fourth year in a row.
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