Volunteer Fair to be held at Conner Prairie

If you are interested in a volunteer opportunity that can also foster your love of history, look no further than Conner Prairie Interactive History Park. Located right on Allisonville Road in Fishers, the 200 acre facility brings history to life for area residents and tourists alike. While the grounds and facilities are world-class, it’s their paid and volunteer staff that make a visit to Conner Prairie special.

On Saturday, February 22, 2014, Conner Prairie will be hosting a volunteer fair focused on recruiting adult volunteers (ages 18+) for all kinds of opportunities.  Adult volunteers can work either behind the scenes or on the museum grounds alongside paid staff.

Volunteers with specific skills are needed to help support the grounds historic gardens, create and maintain historic clothing and home furnishings, and assist in woodworking. In addition to volunteers skilled in the above, adult volunteers are needed for greeting guests and groups, for special events, and for the Conner Prairie store. Would you rather stay behind the scenes? There are clerical and office opportunities as well.

Prairietown sign Conner PrairieVolunteers are also needed for the Conner House revitalization project, which will be the main attraction for Conner Prairie’s celebration of Indiana’s bicentennial in 2016. The current docent-led model of touring the house will be replaced with a more interactive experience that includes more diverse stories of the times through different lenses.

In addition to the bragging rights that come with volunteering for Indiana’s only Smithsonian Institution, volunteers earn a free membership each year 100 hours is donated, as well as complimentary admission to select events. Training is provided free of charge, and the time commitment is flexible.

Admission to the Volunteer Fair on February 22, 2013 from 10am- 1pm is free. Interested adults will be able to learn more about available opportunities, and speak with current volunteers about their experiences.  Adults who attend the fair and receive a nametag will enjoy a 10% discount at the Conner Prairie store that day.