New maker’s space under construction at Conner Prairie to open Jan. 11

Conner Prairie’s indoor exhibit Create.Connect will close temporarily to the public as construction starts on a new permanent feature inside the museum’s Welcome Center, the Makesmith Workshop.

This new, 500 square-feet space will allow visitors to hone their skills while exploring historic making and trades through numerous hands-on activities. Staff will guide visitors through projects and help them acquire new experience with tools and materials.

The installation of the maker’s space will cause the reorganization of some areas of Create.Connect, which reopens to the public today. Discovery Station, Craft Corner, the Conner Prairie Store and the current holiday exhibit Gingerbread Village will be unaffected by construction.

Makesmith Workshop is scheduled to open Jan. 11 as a permanent exhibit at Conner Prairie.


Play shares power of letters at Christmas between Civil War soldiers, loved ones

An original live play about the meaning and the magic of mail at Christmastime during the Civil War era is now showing at Conner Prairie.

Bill Wilkison wrote and directs the play titled “Tales at the Holidays: Letters from the Civil War,” inspired by the Thomas Nast illustration “Christmas Eve,” published in the Christmas 1862 issue of Harper’s Weekly.

Performances are at 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23. It’s free with paid general admission to Conner Prairie. A preview of the play can be seen at

Hearthside Suppers approaching another sell-out this season

Tickets remain for only a limited number of dates for Conner Prairie’s popular Hearthside Suppers series. Hearthside Suppers welcome guests to an entertaining evening with the museum’s costumed interpreters. Hosted in the historic 1823 William Conner House, guests enjoy a light appetizer then lend a hand with the final preparations of an authentic 1800s meal.

The menu includes spiced cider, cheese, Ossabaw Island Hog Sausage, popped corn, preserved stone fruit, tomata soup and herbed crackers, baked chicken served with wow wow sauce, beef hachee, hotchpotch, cold slaw, Indian pickle of cauliflower, nice buns and speculaas cake with wined pears and brandied cream.

Tickets remain for these Hearthside Suppers dates: Jan. 16, 18, 23, 30 and Feb. 6 and 7. Tickets are available at

Spanning more than 1,000 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes nearly 400,000 visitors of all ages annually. As Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute affiliate, Conner Prairie offers various outdoor, historically themed destinations and indoor experiential learning spaces that combine history and art with science, technology, engineering and math to offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today.