Conner Prairie sees attendance, giving increase in 2009

Conner Prairie saw increases in both daily admissions and giving in 2009 and ended its year in the black for the
fourth time in a row.

The interactive history park in Fishers shared results at its annual meeting Wednesday evening.

Conner
Prairie, along with many other museums and not-for-profit organizations, began 2009 in cost-cutting mode
because of major endowment losses. The value of the park’s endowment fell from more than $100 million in 2007 to $85 million
at the end of 2008. CEO Ellen Rosenthal eliminated 19 jobs last March.

The launch of a new ballooning exhibit and
ride likely boosted the history park’s performance. Revenue from the 1859 Balloon Voyage was double projections at $200,000.
Daily admissions rose 4.3 percent to 148,841 for the year. Conner Prairie also saw a 14 percent increase in giving, bringing
in $854,710 in donations.

Total revenue and expenses for the year both totaled about $9.5 million. Conner Prairie’s
budget will remain at the same level for 2010.

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