November is going to be a big month in Conner Prairie.
Their Follow the North Star experience will show visitors the fugitive slave experience on the Underground Railroad. You can actually participate in an interactive experience that Conner Prairie staffers have researched for years.
You play the role of a runaway slave, and you’ll meet several costumed characters along the way — a slave hunter, a Quaker family, a free black family, to name a few. This is a great learning experience for students, and some powerful diversity training experiences for civic, church, and corporate groups.
As you Follow the North Star, you’ll experience the life of an escaped slave in a way that no book, movie, documentary, website, or story cannot. You’ll actually be a slave on the run, facing the people you would have faced in your escape. Slave owners, slave hunters, and the people who would help them along the way.
The Conner Prairie website says Follow the North Star is not for everyone, however.
This program takes place outside in all kinds of weather, and participants walk approximately one mile on rough terrain. The emotional effect of the program is intense, as participants are treated as slaves, being told to keep their eyes down and not to speak unless spoken to. Because of the nature of the experience, participants must be 12 years or older.
The Follow the North Star experience runs November 5-7 12-14, and 19-21 from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $19 per person, or $16 for members, and reservations are required.