Conner Prairie to host free MLK Day events

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Conner Prairie will host a day of family friendly events to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy–and it’s all free.

Celebrate MLK Day by sharing your own hopes and dreams on the Tree of Dreams and watch it grow with others as everyone joins in to celebrate Dr. King’s life. The public is invited to participate in educational and fun activities that will honor his life, beliefs and impact on today’s world.

Conner Prairie Interactive History Park will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 21st, and admission is free to everyone.

Activities include:

  • Visitors can watch King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, then write down their own dreams on paper leaves and attach them to the Tree of Dreams.
  • The Nickel Plate Arts organization is sponsoring an interactive art installation that tells the story of King’s life through the works of several local artists. The pieces will showcase King’s infancy, his early years as a minister, his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, his winning of the Nobel Peace Prize, his assassination and more.
  • Author Doug Peterson and actress Jennifer Goran will offer interactive presentations on Ellen Craft and Henry ‘Box’ Brown, two fugitives on the Underground Railroad, at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Peterson has written about both figures in his books  “The Vanishing Woman” and “The Disappearing Man,” and has also penned 42 books in the VeggieTales series.
  • Peterson will hold a book signing from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. outside of the Lilly Theater. Books are on sale at the Conner Prairie Store.
  • Katie Andrews Potter, author of “Going Over Home,” will sign books from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Conner Prairie Store, where her book is on sale.
  • Visitors will be able to decorate a paper figure and join its hands with others in the “We Are Alike” people quilt.
  • They can create a card and send messages to soldiers overseas.
  • Guests can also add their own splash of color to a large interactive mural created by Indianapolis community arts group, Know No Stranger.
  • Children can try on costumes and play roles in Discovery Station, build something in Imagination Playground, and experiment with various floating and flying items in Science Lab.
  • Families can play with toys and games, enjoy music and puppet shows, and listen to stories about race and culture from Indiana’s past.

All activities are included in the free admission. Guests are encouraged to bring a canned food item to help support Third Phase, Hamilton County’s largest food and clothing pantry and shelter. Men’s socks will also be collected for Pourhouse, a homeless outreach in Indianapolis, as part of an Eagle Scout Project.

For more information, call (317) 776-6006, visit their website, like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @ConnerPrairie.