Admission to Conner Prairie is free Feb. 19 as the museum welcomes guests of all ages to celebrate President’s Day.
Last year, a record crowd of 4,757 guests enjoyed the day’s events, which again this year will revolve around George Washington’s birthday. Fellow presidents and first ladies will gather to throw Washington a surprise birthday party and all guests are invited.
Throughout the day, history’s greatest presidents, including Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, Millard Fillmore, Dwight Eisenhower and more will tell tales from the White House. First ladies will also share stories from their influential lives. Family games, music and storytelling will celebrate the presidency the entire day.
The following feature performances are planned on President’s Day at Conner Prairie:
11 a.m., 1 p.m. Sing Patriotic Songs with Lady Liberty: Lady Liberty will lead sing-a-longs of some of the country’s most popular patriotic songs.
11:15 a.m., 3:30 p.m. George Washington’s Surprise Birthday Party: This is the main event. Guests can celebrate the birthday of America’s first president. Light refreshments, time for photos and games will all be part of the party.
11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. Storytelling with Abigail Powers Fillmore: First Lady Fillmore will select books from the White House library and perform readings.
3 p.m. Ask Abe: Abraham Lincoln will make himself available to answer guests’ questions about his life and presidency and offer up some helpful life advice.
12:30 p.m. Presidential Jeopardy! with host Abigail Fillmore: Guests can test their knowledge about American presidents with former teacher and First Lady Abigail Fillmore.
11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. Chisholm: Ready or Not: Guests can find out who the first black woman was to be elected to Congress and who the first black woman to run for president was.
4 p.m. A Fireside Chat: Franklin Delano Roosevelt will share stories of his life and presidency.
A host of other family-friendly activities are planned throughout the day. For a complete listing of events planned throughout the day, visit http://bit.ly/2BHpTLR.
Spanning more than 1,000 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes nearly 430,000 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.
Conner Prairie’s mission is to inspire curiosity and foster learning about Indiana by providing engaging, individualized and unique experiences. Created by Eli Lilly in 1934, Conner Prairie combines history with science, technology, engineering and math and encourages visitors to explore Indiana’s natural and cultural heritage through hands-on, immersive and interactive experiences. Inspiring visitors of all ages to discover more about the events, discoveries and forces that shaped the American Midwest, Conner Prairie offers various historically themed, indoor and outdoor experience areas throughout its more than 1,000 acres of wooded property in Fishers, Ind. Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute Affiliate and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Conner Prairie is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization that relies on grants and philanthropic donations from corporations and individuals for sustainability and growth. Visit connerprairie.org or call (800) 966-1836 for admission dates, hours, ticket prices and opportunities to donate and volunteer. Conner Prairie is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Flickr and YouTube.