Conner Prairie is a living history museum in Fishers, Indiana, that preserves the historic William Conner home and recreates part of life in Indiana in the 19th century on the White River. It is said to be one of the most realistic living history museum in the United States, next to Colonial Williamsburg
Conner Prairie was begun when pharmaceutical executive Eli Lilly donated the Conner home and surrounding farm to the Quaker liberal arts school, Earlham College in the early 1960s. Earlham ran Conner Prairie as a wholly-owned subsidiary and it grew from a local tourist attraction and educational outreach for the College into the highly regarded institution it is today. As Conner Prairie gained increasing strength and independence, tension developed with Earlham. After a lengthy and contentious legal struggle with Earlham, the museum became completely independent as a result of a plan brokered by Indiana's attorney general. Conner Prairie now has its own board of directors and maintains its own finances and endowment fund.