Every time I visit Conner Prairie, I always visit the part that helps me understand the 1860s. I don’t know why, it’s just where we always go. But I’m looking forward to their exhibit during April 21 and 22, when they commemorate the bicentennial of the war of 1812.
For the first time ever, they will explore another war other than the Civil War, which is what they typically do during Civil War Days in June. This will let visitors experience what life was like in the early 1800s.
They will host reenactors who specialize in accurately portraying the war of 1812 (yes, those people exist) via an encampment. If you visit, you can participate in infantry drills, watch artillery demonstrations, hear stories of battles and survival from 200 years ago, and learn about the weapons and equipment these soldiers used. There will not be any battle reenactments, although there will be some cannons firing at scheduled times.
According to the Conner Prairie press release I received, we actually have some connections to the War of 1812.
Many Hoosiers played vital roles in the War of 1812, including William Conner and his brother, John Conner. Both served as interpreters for the Lenape Indians, spies and scouts. Learn more about their direct ties during special presentations held at 1 p.m. each day.
The Bicentennial of the War of 1812 are from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22. Admission is $14 for adults, $13 for seniors 65+, $9 for youth (ages 2-12) and free for children under 2, and for members of Conner Prairie.
For more information, visit the Conner Prairie website.