Emma St. Dennis - Executive Assistant to the President & CEO
April 29th is Logan’s eighth birthday so I’d like to share (brag) about my oldest grandson in this month’s blog. He and I really enjoy each other’s company and we both love to explore Conner Prairie’s many offerings together.
Just this past weekend, I decided to ask Logan about his memories from Conner Prairie. We chatted about his 2nd grade Boy Scout troop’s upcoming trip. They will be coming from Richmond, Indiana to Conner Prairie for a visit on April 14th for the Scout Day on the Prairie
program. Scouting is a tradition in our family. I’ve been a Girl Scout since 1960 and all three of my daughters were in Girl Scouts. My girls attended many programs offered for the Girl Scouts here, I even remember “camping” in the Prairie House once or twice with our troops. Now the two oldest granddaughters are in local troops and you guessed it, Mamaw is right there in the midst of things helping with their troops also. Logan is my first Boy Scout, so this is new, exciting territory for me.
Logan and I also talked about the River Crossing water area and how he remembered building a boat lock last summer for his ship to travel from one height of water to the lower level. I love having a dialogue with him regarding what he has learned here, he’s like a sponge, as kids seem to retain everything at this age. Logan, of course, will be the tour guide for all his Boy Scout friends, as he knows Conner Prairie so well. He will instruct them in marching like a Union soldier in the Civil War Journey
area, show them how to pack the horse saddle in Lenape Camp and of course make sure they stop by the barn to see all the baby animals. He is especially anxious to show off his balloon piloting skills.
Stay tuned, as the adventures of this lively group of grandkids explores the outdoor grounds at Conner Prairie this spring. We promise to have lots of fun and hope to have you join us – you’ll recognize us – I’m the proud Mamaw taking pictures every three or four steps! Happy Birthday Logan!
A couple weekends ago, over 70 youth volunteers ages 10-18 came in for Returning Youth Day. This all-afternoon training gets veteran youth ready and eager to start the season on March 31. I asked one of our talented experienced youth, Jessica Keys, to film the event and make a fun video blog. Jessica is starting her 7th year as a youth volunteer and has already donated over 2,200 hours to Conner Prairie. This friendly young lady volunteers all over the historic grounds, but most often is found in costume in Prairietown and working with our animals as a YAC (Youth Ag Captain). Jessica has been featured as a blogger on our website before, but this will be her first video blog for us. I snapped up her talents when I found out she’s taking a high school class on video production this semester. Please enjoy her behind-the-scenes view of Returning Youth Day 2012.
For more pictures of the event, check out the Youth’s official Facebook page: facebook.com/ConnerPrairieYouthVolunteers