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Trio of American Genius: Mark Twain, Glenn Curtiss and Frederick Carder

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While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
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Travel to the historic and charming Finger Lakes in western New York to learn about three greats in American history: Mark Twain, Glenn Curtiss and Frederick Carder. Delve into the genius of Mark Twain in the hallowed grounds where he wrote his most famous novels. With an aviation expert, discover the ingenuity of Glenn Curtiss, the trailblazer who began the naval-aviation industry. Finally, witness the masterful work of Frederick Carder, whose dedication to his craft led to groundbreaking innovations in glassmaking and set the stage for the Studio Glass movement.


• Get the inside story about Mark Twain as you travel to Quarry Farm – where he wrote his most famous novels – and participate in a discussion with a Twain scholar.
• Learn from an aviation historian about the decorated career of Glenn Curtiss, the “father of naval aviation” and celebrate the 105th anniversary of the historic “June Bug” flight.
• Visit the world-renowned Corning Museum of Glass to learn from experts about the innovative work of Frederick Carder, the founding designer for Steuben Glass.

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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
14 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances


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