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Conner Prairie Debuts New Year-Round Hands-On Exhibit

FISHERS, Indiana — Visitors can learn new skills and use their creativity to make items from textiles, wood, metal, pottery and other materials at Makesmith Workshop, a new year-round exhibit that opened at Conner Prairie January 11.

Programming through April will help visitors work with wood, as they’ll learn how to create a dovetail joint, saw, hammer and carve.

The exhibit will evolve and change as Conner Prairie’s interpretation staff adapts to the space and ways that people interact with making.

“For the majority of human history, nearly everyone created, tinkered and repaired. We have become disconnected from the time when we fixed broken objects on a work bench and explored creative solutions to the challenges of our daily lives,” said Conner Prairie president and CEO Norman Burns. “The maker movement seeks to reverse this trend and help people think through what it means to work with their hands to achieve their goals.”

Spanning more than 1,000 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie offers various outdoor, historically themed destinations and indoor experiential learning spaces.