History News Volume/Issue:Volume 62, #2In 2000 Conner Prairie embarked on a series of in-depth, anthropological learning research studies to discover how and how much guests were learning, when they visited the museum.

They recorded site visitation, transcribed the research data, and analyzed the transcriptions for learning indicators and clues to how guests and interpreters interacted.

The results of the research concluded that the museum’s daily program of living history interpretation was not reaching its potential and thus Conner Prairie began its Opening Doors Visitor Engagement¬†initiative in which they learned how different guests learned and what they were interested in.