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Veterans and Active Duty Military Free Admission Day at DNR Properties, Nov. 11

November 7, 2017 1 comment
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Clifty Falls State Park near Madison, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2016, all rights reserved.

Press Release
Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources

All veterans and active-duty military personnel, and everyone in their vehicle, will be admitted free to DNR state parks, reservoir properties and state forests on Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. Veterans and military personnel should present ID or evidence of military service where entrance gates are in operation.

“We appreciate the sacrifices and service of our veterans and active-duty military and look forward to recognizing them with a day to explore some of the best outdoor places in our state,” said Dan Bortner, director of Indiana State Parks.

For proof of military status, gate attendants will accept:

—Discharge papers (veteran’s DD Form 214).
—Veteran license plates: Ex-POW, Purple Heart, Disabled Hoosier Veteran, Pearl Harbor Survivor.
—Veteran license plates also include:
—Air Force Veteran
—Army Veteran.
—Coast Guard Veteran.
—Marine Corps Veteran.
—Merchant Marine Veteran.
—Navy Veteran.
—U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Award Letter.
—Veterans hunting and fishing license.
—Documents showing veteran benefits with veteran’s name on document.
—Any other certificate or verification letter or form.

For general information about state park, reservoir and forest properties, visit http://dnr.IN.gov.

For information about interpretive programs at state parks and reservoirs, visit InterpretiveServices.IN.gov.

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Free Admission at Conner Prairie, Jan. 16, 2017 @connerprairie

January 5, 2017 Leave a comment
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Conner Prairie Interactive History Park in Fishers, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2016, all rights reserved.

By Duane Brodt
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park

FISHERS, Ind. – Admission to Conner Prairie is free Jan. 16, 2017, as the museum invites visitors to celebrate the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr. and the importance of peaceful protesting.

Conner Prairie, located at 13400 Allisonville Road in Fishers, will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Special events and activities are planned throughout the day, including theatrical performances, family games, archeology activities, art and more.

Three short plays will be performed at various times throughout the day in the museum’s Lilly Theater that share important moments in African-American history. “Freedom Summer 1964” tells a story about two student trainers from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, one of the most important organizations of the Civil Rights Movement, who will introduce audiences to their methods for practicing non-violent protest. “Madam Walker: Her Life” features Madam C.J. Walker sharing her life’s journey from a sharecropper’s daughter to the head of a hair product corporation in the early 1900s. “Rhodes Family Incident” is the story of disillusioned college students who stumble across an historic racial incident in their hometown that makes them see another side to where they grew up.

Other activities throughout the day include:

• Black History Bingo and family board games

• Archaeology: Black, White or Both? Visitors can explore artifacts and learn if they came from a historic African-American community, a white community or both.

• Tree of Dreams: Visitors can share their dreams for the future.

• Gallery of images of non-violent protests, past and present

• How would you protest injustice?

• Draw a picture, write a poem and share with others what you would do to protest an injustice.
Spanning 800 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes nearly 390,000 visitors of all ages annually. As Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute affiliate, Conner Prairie 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.

For more information visit http://connerprairie.org/, or call 317-776-6000.