Event, Summer Camp Attendance at Conner Prairie Set All-Time Records in 2016

FISHERS, Ind.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#discoverCP–Special event and summer camp attendance helped Indiana outdoor history
museum Conner
achieve a record-breaking year in 2016.

A record crowd of 34,090 people attended the 33rd year of one of central
Indiana’s most popular fall special events, Headless Horseman. The
multi-night event in October offers haunted hay rides, spooky
storytelling and fun family activities. A record 2,199 children ages
5-12 attended at least one week-long summer day camp at Conner Prairie
last year.

“I arrived at Conner Prairie one year ago and since, I’ve had the chance
to step back and see where we’ve been as an organization, study the
direction we’re headed and work with my team to envision a new pathway
for our continued success,” said President
and CEO Norman Burns
at the museum’s 2017 Annual Meeting
tonight. “We’re developing a new, 10-year master plan. Our dream is to
explore the potential of our untapped resources, including the White
River and the acres we own on both sides of its beautiful banks.”

Total attendance in 2016 was 391,261, up 4 percent from 2015, with daily
general admission up 10 percent from the year prior. Membership grew by
9 percent to 7,947 households, including 37,606 adults and children and
generating $704,000 in revenue. Members visited the museum 98,405 times
in 2016.

Additional noteworthy statistics:

  19,751 visitors took a flight on a tethered helium-filled balloon

50,808 students, teachers and chaperones visited the museum

$2.3 million was raised through gifts and sponsorships

Total revenue in 2016 was $11,118,691

Expenses for the year totaled $11,108,749

375 adult volunteers gave a combined 21,658 hours of service worth
an estimated $500,000

105 youth volunteers ages 10-18 gave a combined 20,328 hours of

Also announced tonight was a pledge of $500,000 to Conner Prairie by
Indiana-based Ricker’s Convenience Stores founders Jay and Nancy Ricker
and plans for the museum to open a new, permanent and year-round maker’s
space in 2018.

Spanning 800 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes
more than 390,000 visitors of all ages annually. As Indiana’s first
Smithsonian Institute affiliate, the museum offers various outdoor,
historically themed destinations and indoor experiential learning spaces
that combine history and art with science, technology, engineering and
math to offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today.


Conner Prairie
Duane Brodt
Director of Public Relations