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HILLSDALE, MICHIGAN

Early American Presidents, Islam and Politics, and Amish in America

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Program #21011RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
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Itinerary for Apr 7 — Apr 12, 2013

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Multi million dollar, smoke-free, adult conference center.

Contact info:
Weatherwood Center
4545 East Bacon Road
Hillsdale, MI 49242 USA
phone: 517-523-3616
Facility amenities: A television, various board games and recreational facilties. Canoes and paddle boats, walking trails. Coin operated laundry facilties.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, April 07 - Arrival 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Note: Dinner will be provided. A welcome session will be held in evening.

Arrive To: Check in 4:00 -5:30 pm

Dinner: Dinner will be served in our beautiful Atrium dining room.

Evening: Welcome gathering with a fun musical presentation.

Lodging: Michindoh Conference Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Multi million dollar, smoke-free, adult conference center.

Contact info:
Weatherwood Center
4545 East Bacon Road
Hillsdale, MI 49242 USA
phone: 517-523-3616
Facility amenities: A television, various board games and recreational facilties. Canoes and paddle boats, walking trails. Coin operated laundry facilties.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, April 08 - Today will offer a look at Puritanism and it's af...
Today will offer a look at Puritanism and it's affect on our early American culture.

Note: A campus tour will also be offered.

Breakfast: Fresh Coffee and Tea will be available each morning in the Michigan room for our early rising guests. Breakfast is served each morning in our beautiful Atrium Dining Room. Both hot and cold, light and heavy breakfast options will be available. Fresh fruit is always a part of our breakfast menu. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions that we can be mindful of.

Morning: Our Morning Session will offer us a look into the role Religion has played in our history as a nation. This morning's topic will be "17th century: The Covenanted Community in Puritan New England"

Lunch: You'll appreciate the wonderful selections available in our Atrium Dining room for your lunch meal. As always, please don't hesitate to let us know if we can be of service to you in assisting with the buffet service or with dietary restrictions.

Afternoon: For those folks who would like a tour of the campus, following our afternoon session, we will provide a tour of Michindoh's beautiful and natural campus by way of Michindoh's Trolley. You may want a light jacket as our trolley allows you to enjoy Michigan's fresh air! You'll have a chance to travel around our private Weatherwood Lake, hear the sounds of nature, and hear an overview of Michindoh's services from your tour guide! A nice way to enjoy the late afternoon. This is optional.

Afternoon: This afternoon's session will continue our look at religion's role in America. Our expert presenter, a professor from Hillsdale College, will be with us again this afternoon. Topic: "18th century: The Great Awakening: Overture to Revolution"

Dinner: Fresh salad bar as well as several entrée choices will be yours as you again visit our Atrium Dining room for a wonderful dinner meal. Please let us know how we can be of service to you.

Evening: Tonight's topic: "19th century Revivalism, Egalitarianism, and the Democratization of American Christianity"

Lodging: Michindoh Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Multi million dollar, smoke-free, adult conference center.

Contact info:
Weatherwood Center
4545 East Bacon Road
Hillsdale, MI 49242 USA
phone: 517-523-3616
Facility amenities: A television, various board games and recreational facilties. Canoes and paddle boats, walking trails. Coin operated laundry facilties.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, April 09 - An introduction to the Anabaptist movement in bot...
An introduction to the Anabaptist movement in both Europe and in the present day United States. Today's sessions will help prepare us for our wonderful visit to Amish and Mennonite country on Wednesday.

Note: Evening field trip to a local ice cream parlor. You won't want to miss this!

Breakfast: Again, fresh coffee and tea will be available in the Michigan room by 6:30. In addition, several News Papers will be delivered each morning for your enjoyment throughout the day. Breakfast will be available in the Atrium Dining Room.

Morning: We'll begin our look at the Anabaptist movement in America. Today's presentations will provide us with a historical look at the various groups that fall under the "Anabaptist" description; Mennonites, Amish, and Hutterites.

Lunch: Lunch is provided in the Atrium Dining Room.

Afternoon: This afternoon's session will pick up where we left off this morning. Today's topic will be both enjoyable and educational as we learn about a people who are a significant, though quiet part of many communities in America today; the Anabaptist.

Dinner: Tonight's dinner will again be served in the Atrium Dining Room. The Atrium offers a view of Michindoh's Weatherwood lake as well as a wonderful setting in which to enjoy your meal! Let us know how we can be of service to you.

Evening: Tonight we will enjoy a visit to a local Ice Cream Parlor located in our own Jonesville, Michigan. This Parlor offers a unique country feel you're sure to enjoy. Save a little- or a lot of- room for your ice-cream treat this evening!

Lodging: Michindoh Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Multi million dollar, smoke-free, adult conference center.

Contact info:
Weatherwood Center
4545 East Bacon Road
Hillsdale, MI 49242 USA
phone: 517-523-3616
Facility amenities: A television, various board games and recreational facilties. Canoes and paddle boats, walking trails. Coin operated laundry facilties.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, April 10 - Our day will be filled with a wonderful visit to ...
Our day will be filled with a wonderful visit to Amish country; Shipshewana. We will visit a school house, meet Amish and Mennonite friends, visit local Amish owned businesses, and enjoy an authentic Amish meal at a local Amish farm.

Note: Today will include transportation to and from our destination. Approximately 70 minute each way commute.

Breakfast: We'll have an earlier breakfast this morning as we prepare to depart for our visit to Shipshewana, IN.

Morning: We'll leave early for our 90 minute travel to Shipshewana, IN. This morning will begin with a tour at an Anabaptist Historical Museum. We will continue our morning by a short drive to a local Amish Farm.

Lunch: Lunch will be served Amish style today as we are treated to a wonderful and traditional Amish meal, prepared and served on a local Amish farm!

Afternoon: Our afternoon will include a visit to a local Amish school house, where we will be able to visit a school in progress, as well as several stops at local Amish owned and operated businesses. You will be amazed at the craftsmanship and skill present as well as with the friendliness felt by each location we visit. Today is a once in a life-time opportunity!

Dinner: Dinner will be served on route back to Michindoh. Location TBA.

Evening: As we will be arriving back at Michindoh during the early evening hours, many of our guests will desire a quieter evening. For those who are still raring to go, several optional activities will be available on the Michindoh campus. Those who would prefer a free evening may enjoy relaxing or watching an Amish movie on campus.

Lodging: Michindoh Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Multi million dollar, smoke-free, adult conference center.

Contact info:
Weatherwood Center
4545 East Bacon Road
Hillsdale, MI 49242 USA
phone: 517-523-3616
Facility amenities: A television, various board games and recreational facilties. Canoes and paddle boats, walking trails. Coin operated laundry facilties.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, April 11 - Today we will look at Islam's history, culture, a...
Today we will look at Islam's history, culture, and influence on current day influences.

Note: We will enjoy a wonderful musical evening piano concert and dessert social.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in the Atrium Dining Room.

Morning: This morning will offer a new topic for the week, Islam. We will take a look at the history of Islam, from it's beginning to present day.

Lunch: Lunch will be available in the Atrium Dining Room. By now, you will feel right at home in this beautiful environment.

Afternoon: This afternoon's session will continue it's look at Islam. We will focus more this afternoon on the doctrine of and distinctions within Islam. Why are the beliefs of Islam so often indistinguishable from it's politics?

Dinner: Our final dinner will again be served in the Atrium Dining Room.

Evening: We like to treat you to a wonderful evening of music and fellowship on our last night together. Our evening will offer a relaxing piano concert, performed by a music educator and performer from Spring Arbor University. Save a little room from dinner for the sweet treats which will be served this evening!

Lodging: Michindoh Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, April 12 - Check-out is at 1:00 pm, following lunch and a mo...
Note: Our morning session will conclude our week's presentations.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in the Atrium Dining Room.

Morning: You won't want to miss this morning's session! Some folks find it necessary to leave on Friday mornings for travel convenience. I would encourage you to do all you can to remain for our final session. Topic: "20th century: Scopes, Modernism, & the Culture Wars"

Lunch: Please enjoy one final meal before checking out of your rooms! Lunch will be served in the Atrium Dining Room.

Afternoon: Check-out at 1:00 PM

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


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