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Road Scholar's expert lecturers and group leaders create exceptional educational opportunities for you by contributing their extensive knowledge about the culture, heritage and history of the places you're visiting. They are both authorities on your destination and lifelong learners themselves who are excited to answer your questions, hear your opinions and share your experience.

On our educational programs you will be led by people such as:



Boyd Pratt


A former local subscription farmer, Boyd Pratt has a background in historic preservation and has worked with the State of New Mexico doing field studies of historic archaeological and architectural resources. A long time San Juan islander, he has researched and promoted local architectural preservation and has a great knowledge of local history. Boyd served as a recent president of the San Juan Island School Board.


See: Island Life: Community Spirit in Friday Harbor

Dr. Nancy Heingartner


Dr. Nancy Heingartner has a Ph.D. in Slavic languages from Brown University. Most of her professional career has been in Russian language instruction, though she has also worked in the Foreign Service. In addition to serving as outreach coordinator for University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA), she administers University of Wisconsin-Madison's Baltic Studies Summer Institute and Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute.


See: Your Country-by-Country Passport to the World

Ken Lyn Mikell


Ken and Lynne Mikell play a wide range of traditional music, with particular attention to the Celtic roots of cowboy music. Using harp, guitar, recorder, fiddle, and harmonica, they animate and illuminate the music that followed the trail west. From old time trail songs to the golden era of the radio and silver screen cowboy, they have an extensive knowledge of the history of Western music and enjoy sharing it with audiences.


See: The Best of Sedona: Natural and Cultural Landscapes in Red Rock Country

Ms. Ruth Miller


Ruth Miller, a graduate of Duke University, has lived all over America and journeyed throughout the world. As a Charleston historian and excursion leader, she enjoys tying local history into the American story and worldwide events. Ruth is the author and co-author of numerous books, including “Charleston Charlie — A Family Activity Book for Kids of All Ages,” “Touring the Tombstones,” and “The Angel Oak Story.” She is a member of the South Carolina Historical Society and the National Trust.


See: Signature City Charleston: Historic Plantations and Gardens

Mr. Kevin McCarthy


Kevin grew up in Gloucester, Mass. and settled in Fernandina Beach in 1968. He spent 41 years sailing the waters of northeast Fla. and southeast Georgia. He holds a 100 ton master’s license and developed his knowledge of the wildlife and history exploring the waters that surround Amelia Island, Cumberland Island and St. Mary's, Ga. Generations of Kevin’s family have been shrimpers, and he shares with participants his knowledge of shrimp farming and the future of the shrimp industry in the U.S.


See: Amelia and Cumberland Islands and the Okefenokee Swamp


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