Lifelong Learning adds additional day trips for summer and fall

Posted May 29th, 2018 by Helene Sheets  Category: Education, Events


The Lourdes University Lifelong Learning program is offering fun, hassle-free summer and fall 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.

Relive your childhood excitement at the Sandusky Merry Go Round Museum. Enjoy a fun and relaxed atmosphere while touring the museum learning about the history and art of the carousel. The “oom pa pa” of the band organ and the “painted ponies” on display will thrill and enchant. Climb aboard the working Allan Herschell Carousel with the band organ playing. Meet artisan carvers who are creating and restoring carousel animals as well as other types of folk art back to their fully beauty.

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 Rosie the Riveter to Edsel Ford, 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 – 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.

Thursday, September 13

Cost: $93 for members; $113 for nonmembers
Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 8 a.m.; returns approximately at 6:30 p.m.

Lunch is included

“Chautauqua” began as a revolutionary cultural movement in the late 1880s, providing public lectures, religious programs and concerts during the summer months. Chautauqua was a social and cultural phenomenon that permeated rural North American until the mid-1920s. At its height, the Chautauqua Movement attracted millions to hear educators, preachers, explorers, scientists, politicians, singers and bands. Today only a handful of Chautauqua communities survive.

Lakeside was among the first communities founded as part of the Chautauqua Movement in North America, welcoming families to the Lake Erie shore for more than 140 years. A guide from the Lakeside Heritage Society will take us on a bus tour around the center of the beautiful Lakeside campus which includes 47 historic structures used for the summer Chautauqua program and glimpse Lakeside’s “painted ladies,” some of the oldest family cottages on the grounds among the 900 Victorian cottages in the town. Learn about the origins of this American cultural movement, highlighting what has made Lakeside such a longstanding success. At Heritage Hall Museum, learn more about the Lakeside Chautauqua experience and the long list of speakers and performers to have come over the years, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Susan B. Anthony, Ray Charles, and many more.

Lunch will be at the Hotel Lakeside, a National Historic Landmark. Built in 1875, the hotel has an unbeatable view of Lake Erie and “Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile,” a stretch of the southern Lake Erie shoreline prized for its flowers.

In the afternoon, we will visit Marblehead Lighthouse, the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the Great Lakes; and Johnson’s Island, a camp for prisoners of war during the American Civil War. Dr. Dave Bush, retired anthropology professor from Heidelberg University and archaeological director on the island for 30 years, will lead an informative tour of the cemetery and prison site. At the cemetery, you will hear from the diaries and letters of those buried in this northern prison. At the site area, Dr. Bush will share some of the exciting discoveries made over the many years of exploring the cultural material as well as the vast historical record of the 150,000 men incarcerated there.

NEWLY ADDED: Dinner with the Presidents
Saturday, November 3

Cost: $99 for members; $119 for nonmembers
Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 1:30 p.m.; returns approximately at 10:45 p.m.

Dinner is included

Meet past presidents of the United States of America and first ladies! Historical re-enactors in period dress will portray the famous couples for the evening. From the moment they arrive in period transportation, their characters will captivate you! Dinner will feature recipes from different White House administrations and at least one president or first lady will be at your table. Bring a camera to capture all the details! Some of the presidents in attendance will be Presidents Benjamin Harrison, George Washington, James Monroe, James Madison, Andrew Johnson, Harry Truman, Chester Arthur, and Lyndon Johnson. Suggested attire for men is a sport coat and tie and for women a dress or dressy pantsuit. Or dress up in period clothing for extra fun!

The dinner is hosted by the Marion County Historical Society and before dinner, we will enjoy a tour of their museum. Housed in Marion’s historic post office, Heritage Hall has exhibits of Marion’s rich history including a collection on the life and career of Warren G. Harding, 29th president of the United States.

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