Twilight at Conner Prairie: The Creation, Betrayal, and Rescue of a Museum
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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Ch02 The Development of Earlhams Endowment Management Policies
Ch03 The Origins of the Governance Dispute
Ch04 The Governance Discussions Shift to Autonomy for the Museum
Ch05 The Governance Discussions Become Confrontational
Ch06 The Mediation Effort
Ch07 The Negotiations with Earlhams Lawyers
Ch11 Waiting and Thinking
Ch12 The Attorney General Rolls Out His Strategy
Ch13 The Hamilton County Lawsuit
Ch14 Positioning the Dispute for Resolution
Ch16 The Organization of New Conner Prairie
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