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Conner Prairie (US)

Open from: 
1980
Member of EXARC: 
No
Member of ICOM: 
No

Conner Prairie is an Interactive History Park, or living history museum, in Fishers, Indiana, USA, that preserves the William Conner home, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and recreates part of life in Indiana in the 19th century on the White River.

When you explore Indiana’s past at Conner Prairie, history comes alive. Dial back two hundred years, and you would find William Conner living in a log home beside the White River with his Lenape Indian spouse and five children. To make a living, he bought furs from Indians who trapped the rich forests of this state.

But William’s life and Indiana changed rapidly soon after. The Lenape left Indiana. William Conner married anew and in 1823 built a grand house on a hill overlooking a flood plain that came to be known as "Conner’s Prairie." He became a major land owner, a statesman and a wealthy businessman.

In the 1930s, Eli Lilly, then president of the pharmaceutical company, stumbled upon Conner’s house, forgotten and falling down. Lilly believed history to be an essential cornerstone of American democracy, so he bought the Conner Homestead in 1934 and immediately began using it as the centerpiece for historical reenactments to "connect people with history in ways books cannot." Always a champion of education, Lilly opened the site to the public so people could see their heritage brought to life.

Country: 
Era(s): 
Years: 
1823 - 1900's

Location

Conner Prairie
13400 Allisonville Road
46038 Fishers, IN
United States
Phone: 
(1) 800-966-1836