Mayors, their staffs and policy experts from across the country—about 1,200 conference attendees in all—will attend the U.S. Conference of Mayors' annual summer gathering that runs Friday through Monday.
Conner Prairie is well-known nationally to museum insiders. But new CEO and President Norman Burns II wants to make the historical park in Hamilton County a destination for more travelers, in part by getting the community to take ownership of the attraction.
Park officials did not offer details about the new exhibit, which is set to open July 1, but the park previously disclosed plans to open an attraction featuring a four-story treehouse surrounded by five activity areas.
While the orange-and-yellow tethered balloon that anchors the 1859 Balloon Voyage is getting a new skin and a new sponsor over the winter, construction crews are working on a six-figure overhaul intended to make the exhibit more immersive.
By the end of Conner Prairie’s 2014 season, about 100,000 people will have taken to the skies in its tethered helium balloon—a high-flying attraction that soared to landmark status soon after it debuted five years ago.
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.