Card no 465 - Norma
Country Card Sent From: USA
Place that Card Sender Lives: Muncie, Indiana
Date Received: 3rd April 2013
Distance Travelled: 3,778 miles
Time Taken: c12 days
In the 1930s, Eli Lilly, then president of the pharmaceutical company, stumbled upon Conner’s house, forgotten and falling down. Lilly believed history to be an essential cornerstone of American democracy, so he bought the Conner Homestead in 1934 and immediately began using it as the centerpiece for historical reenactments to "connect people with history in ways books cannot." Always a champion of education, Lilly opened the site to the public so people could see their heritage brought to life.
In the 1970s Museum Director Myron Vourax worked with renowned Folklorist Henry Glassie to create a "living history museum." A place where staff dress, act and speak as if in the time period they portray.