Lifelong Learning offers exciting summer day trips

Posted Mar 6th, 2018 by Helene Sheets  Category: Education, Events, General Interests,


The Lourdes University Lifelong Learning program is offering fun, hassle-free summer day trips. Travel in comfort without worrying about the details. Prices include all admissions, food, transportation, taxes and tips.

To make reservations, call 419-824-3707 or email

Birthplace of Inventions
Wednesday, June 20
Cost: $99 for members; $114 for nonmembers
Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 8 a.m.; returns around 6:30 p.m.
Buffet lunch is included

Thomas Alva Edison was one of America’s most famous inventors. The incandescent light bulb and phonograph started with him and his story started in Milan, Ohio. Visit the Edison Birthplace Museum, a registered National Historic Landmark and a meticulously maintained home filled with a collection of rare examples of many of Edison’s early inventions, documents and family mementos. Edison so cherished his childhood home that he purchased it in 1906. After his death, Edison’s wife and daughter opened the birthplace to the public as a memorial and museum in tribute to the humble beginnings of a great man.

Across the street is the Milan Museum with galleries focused on local history rich in invention and creativity, as well as collections of glass and dolls. Explore the unique history of the Milan area from the earliest beginnings, through the creation, expansion, and decline of the Milan Canal. New glass galleries explore European and American glass from the earliest piece in the collection of Roman glass through the works of contemporary, local artists. The outstanding Mildred Smith Coulton Doll Gallery features more than 350 charming examples of china, bisque, wax, papier-mâché and composition dolls.

Enjoy a lunch break at Berardi Family Restaurant with a satisfying hot buffet. After lunch, dive into the Maritime Museum of Sandusky, where you’ll have a boatload of fun discovering the rich maritime history of the Sandusky Bay area. Through an extensive collection of maritime artifacts on display, explore the early days of boating, commercial fishing and shipping on Lake Erie! Interactive exhibits illustrate boat-building, wetlands, and Sandusky’s role in the Underground Railroad. In outdoor exhibits, board real Lyman’s, see the professional boat workshops and see other vessels on display. When you’re finished browsing the museum, visit the nautical gift shop.

Willow Run – home of “Rosie the Riveter”
Thursday, July 26

Cost: $117 for members; $132 for nonmembers
Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 9 a.m.; returns at around 6 p.m.

Lunch is included

The Willow Run Bomber Plant is an amazing story of triumph and tragedy, where nearly impossible wartime achievements occurred when the men and women of 20th century Detroit went to work and built the machines that won the war and saved the world. With literally a cast of thousands, from Edsel Ford to Rosie the Riveter, this is local and world history not to be missed.

The history of Willow Run is preserved at the Yankee Air Museum. While touring the museum, learn about the contributions of many “Rosies” to the war effort and how both men and women helped win World War II for the United States in various ways. The Willow Run plant was built by the Ford Motor Company near Ypsilanti and was the first aircraft manufacturing complex to use Ford’s automotive mass production technique, a leading technological innovation of the time. The world’s largest factory at the time, some 40,000 employees – mostly women – turned out B-24 Bombers at the rate of one every 55 minutes! The guided tour traces the history of aviation from WWI to today, including exhibits about the Tuskegee Airmen and the WASPs (Women Air Service Pilots).

Lunch at the Common Grill is always a treat. A modern American bistro with exposed-brick walls showcasing creative food and small-town charm, the Common Grill has been presenting fresh, imaginative American dishes and outstanding service for more than 25 years.

After lunch, enjoy the world premiere of Willow Run at the Purple Rose Theatre. The play follows the journey of four women who migrated from all over America to find new lives at the Willow Run plant. Along the way, they overcome a multitude of challenges – learning to endure new sorrows, overcoming deep-seated prejudices and forging new friendships. Winner of the 2017 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, it includes original music by Ben and Jeff Daniels. Founded by acclaimed actor and Chelsea native Jeff Daniels, the Purple Rose Theatre offers world class, original American theatre.

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