Twilight at Conner Prairie: The Creation, Betrayal, and Rescue of a Museum (Google eBook)

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Rowman Altamira, Jun 16, 2011 - Business & Economics - 240 pages
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Conner Prairie, among the finest outdoor history museums in the country, recreates life in 19th-century Indiana. It also was the site of one of the most significant controversies that an American museum has faced. Twilight at Conner Prairie follows the development of the museum, the conflicts of interest created by the terms of founder Eli Lilly's gifts, and the breakdown of the relationship between the museum and its trustee, Earlham College. Author Berkley Duck, who served on Conner Prairie's independent board of directors when the board and CEO were dismissed, provides an inside look at what went wrong at Conner Prairie and how it was put to right. Twilight at Conner Prairie is essential reading for anyone concerned with the survival of museums and the ethical obligations of preserving America's past.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Ch01 The Development of Conner Prairie
4
Ch02 The Development of Earlhams Endowment Management Policies
30
Ch03 The Origins of the Governance Dispute
44
Ch04 The Governance Discussions Shift to Autonomy for the Museum
57
Ch05 The Governance Discussions Become Confrontational
61
Ch06 The Mediation Effort
68
Ch07 The Negotiations with Earlhams Lawyers
78
Ch11 Waiting and Thinking
121
Ch12 The Attorney General Rolls Out His Strategy
129
Ch13 The Hamilton County Lawsuit
150
Ch14 Positioning the Dispute for Resolution
160
Ch15 Sunrise
167
Ch16 The Organization of New Conner Prairie
174
Ch17 Assessments
179
Epilogue
197

Ch08 The Sun Goes Down over Conner Prairie
90
Ch09 Retreat and Reorganization
98
Photospread
106
Ch10 The Issues Take Shape
107
Appendix A Operative Terms of the Lilly Gifts
202
Appendix B Draft of Amicus Curiae Brief Prepared by Save the Prairie Inc
204
Index
215
Copyright

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Berkley W. Duck, III serves on the Board of Directors for Conner Prairie Museum, Inc. and as Chairman of the Board for Conner Prairie Foundation, Inc. He also served as Chairman of the Board and President of Save the Prairie, Inc., a non-profit corporation organized to secure the independence of Conner Prairie from Earlham College.

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