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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

PEP Trip to Conner Prairie

Our church has a ministry to seniors in the community. It's called PEP, which stands for "People Enjoying People." There are monthly lunches, with entertainment provided, and monthly day trips on the church bus. On June 27, Doug and I went along on one of those trips to Conner Prairie Interactive History Park near Indianapolis.

I'll borrow a paragraph from Wikipedia to describe this park:
Conner Prairie is an interactive history park, or living history museum, in Fishers, Indiana, United States, 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.
There is so much to see and experience here that I think we need to go back again. There is an 1836 Prairie Town, an 1859 Balloon Voyage, an 1863 Civil War Journey, an 1816 Lenape Indian Camp, the William Conner House, and more.

I'm just going to include some random photos from our short visit.

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Jan is one of our Associate Pastors and our bus driver. It was his birthday.

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The helium-filled tethered balloon rises 350 feet above the park, carrying up to 20 people in the gondola.

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A scene in the 1836 Prairie Town

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Wigwam (under construction) in the 1816 Lenape Indian Camp

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William Conner House, built in 1823

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Dress and Portrait in William Conner House

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This covered bridge is part of the 1863 Civil War Journey at Conner Prairie.

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We saw this little girl enjoying her lunch as we waited for the tram to return us to the park entrance.

Each area of the park is staffed with people performing tasks and dressed in clothing appropriate to the period represented by that area. It's a fun "walk back in time" with attractions to interest all members of the family.

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