A convenience store chain is helping an Indiana museum fix up one of its major attractions. Jay and Nancy Ricker, the founders of Rickers Convenience stores, have donated half-a-million dollars to the Conner Prairie History Park in Fishers. This money will be used to help restore the Chinese House. This attraction boasts numerous pieces of Chinese artwork and architecture, and has been used for years to host events like weddings and corporate gatherings. The Chinese House, which the museum purchased in 1949, is slated to undergo $1.4 million in renovations. Your text to link…
Conner Prairie President and CEO Norman Burns said of the Rickers’ donation, “We are very grateful for this tremendous gift.” He added that this money will help maintain the Chinese House as a special gathering place for the community.
Jay Ricker also serves as chairman of the Conner Prairie Board of Directors. A statement he released along with his wife stated they were happy to donate money to the museum as all five of their grandchildren have enjoyed a variety of events and programs hosted by Conner Prairie over the years. Rickers Convenience stores is also the exclusive sponsor of the museum’s annual Balloon Voyage experience.
Conner Prairie opened during the 1930s and features five different historical areas spread over 1,400 acres of land. Attractions include the Williams Conner House, the 1863 Civil War Journey, 1836 Prairietown, and a fur trading camp. The museum also puts on numerous classes and programs for children, teens, and adults year round.