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

Program Number: 19707RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/14/2013 - 4/19/2013; 4/19/2015 - 4/24/2015; 11/8/2015 - 11/13/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Corning, New York
Price starting at: $698.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic; History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    


Date Specific Information

4-14-2013

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



4-19-2015

2015 Special Exhibition at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art: On Fire: The Nancy & Alan Cameros Collection of Southwestern Pottery.



Coordinated by Watson Homestead Conference and Retreat Center.



Mark Twain

Sam Clemens married Livy Langdon in Elmira in 1870. Over the next 20 summers, Twain wrote his most famous novels there at Quarry Farm. Visit the Farm and join our lively discussion with a Twain scholar about this most beloved author and his family. Elmira College professor and Director for the Center for Mark Twain Studies, Dr. Barbara Snedecor will instruct.



Glenn Curtiss: Father of Naval Aviation

The "father of naval aviation" had humble beginnings in Hammondsport, NY. He set motorcycle speed records and worked with Alexander Graham Bell. Celebrate the 105th anniversary of the "June Bug" flight that launched Curtiss' naval aviation career. Retired Glenn Curtiss Museum director and aviation historian, Kirk House, will instruct.



Frederick Carder And Steuben Glass

Frederick Carder began Steuben Glass in 1903, and until his death at age 100, continued to refine processes for hot glass manufacture, coloration and surface decoration. Some say he sparked the Studio Glass movement that defines art glass today. We will use the collections of Carder Steuben at the Corning Museum of Glass as well as expertise of museum docents and local collectors.




Corning

The southern gateway to the Finger Lakes region in western New York, Corning is a charming and historic community best known for the world-renowned Corning Museum of Glass, as well as nearby glacial lakes and gorgeous panoramas.



Accommodations
Conference center on nearly 400 acres of unspoiled land with heated indoor pool (open mid-May through October).
Meals and Lodgings
   Watson Homestead
  Painted Post, NY 5 nights
 Watson Homestead
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Watson Homestead has been an Road Scholar super site since 1982. It was established by Thomas J. Watson (founder of IBM) in 1957 on his birthplace - hence Watson Homestead.
  Contact info: 9620 Dry Run Road
Painted Post, NY 14870 USA
phone: 607-962-0541
web: www.watsonhomestead.org
  Room amenities: Heat and AC, some rooms feature an outside patio and are located one level below the dining room and classroom level - via stairs.
  Facility amenities: Amenities on site and at no extra charge to Participants include indoor heated pool, hiking trails, daily newspapers, wi fi connection, chapel, coffee/beverage, and snacks.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $75 Add-a-room accommodations for participants may be available, depending on availability. Please inquire.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $75 Add-a-room accommodations for participants may be available, depending on availability. Please inquire.
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration in lobby, starting at 3 PM You will be staying at Watson Homestead that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 10:30 AM You will be staying at Watson Homestead the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking at Watson Homestead is available at no charge.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Painted Post, NY
  Nearest city or town:  Corning, NY
  Nearest highway: NYS Route 17 / Interstate 86
  Nearest airport:  Elmira-Corning Regional Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Painted Post, NY
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Corning Bus Station

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Watson Homestead
phone: 607-962-0541
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$10
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

8 miles

   

Call ahead with your bus arrival time. A Homestead staff member will meet you and transport you to the Homestead.

 

ELM airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Watson Homestead
phone: 607-962-0541
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$25
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

25 miles

   

Call ahead with your flight arrival time. A Homestead staff member will meet you and transport you to the Homestead.

 
Driving Directions
  From Albany, Massachusetts & New England: Find your way to Interstate 88 (just north west of Albany, off I 90). Travel west on I 88 to Binghamton. Then go west on Interstate 86 West (also State Route 17) to exit 42. Follow signs from the exit to Watson Homestead. You will travel just over 3 miles on County Road 26, Meads Creek Road, to the Homestead entrance. Turn right on Dry Run Road and follow signs to the Main Lodge.
  From Canada and Buffalo: Take Interstate 90 East to Rochester, then 390 South. Route 390 T's into Interstate 86 (also NY State Route 17). Take I86 east to exit 42. Follow signs from the exit to Watson Homestead. You will travel just over 3 miles on County Road 26, Meads Creek Road, to the Homestead entrance. Turn right on Dry Run Road and follow signs to the Main Lodge.
  From Jamestown and the West Travel east on Interstate 86 (also NY State Route 17) to exit 42. Follow signs from the exit to Watson Homestead. You will travel just over 3 miles on County Road 26, Meads Creek Road, to the Homestead entrance. Turn right on Dry Run Road and follow signs to the Main Lodge.
  From Pennsylvania and South: Travel north on State Route 15 N from Harrisburg to Interstate 86 West (also NY State Route 17) at Painted Post. Take Interstate 86 West to exit 42. Follow signs from the exit to Watson Homestead. You will travel just over 3 miles on County Road 26, Meads Creek Road, to the Homestead entrance. Turn right on Dry Run Road and follow signs to the Main Lodge.
  From the New York metropolitan area: Travel west on Interstate 86 (also NY State Route 17) to exit 42. Follow signs from the exit to Watson Homestead. You will travel just over 3 miles on County Road 26, Meads Creek Road, to the Homestead entrance. Turn right on Dry Run Road and follow signs to the Main Lodge.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration and Orientation. Afternoon swim.
(Sunday, April 14)
   
 Afternoon: Registration at 3PM in the lobby, refreshments in the dining room. Swimming pool available from 4:30 to 5:30 PM
 Dinner: Dinner at 6PM
 Evening: Orientation to the program and introductions of each other.
   
Accommodations: Watson Homestead
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Day-long visit to Elmira Twain sites and Elmira College.
(Monday, April 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in dining room
 Morning: Bus field trip to Quarry Farm, the summer site where Twain wrote his most famous novels. Then on to the Clemens and Langdon family grave site. At Elmira College we will visit exhibits and the famous Twain Study.
 Lunch: We will eat the bag lunches we prepared at breakfast at the Chemung Valley History Museum
 Afternoon: Lecture on Olivia Langdon who married Clemens in Elmira in 1870 by Rachel Dworkin at the CVHM. Then on to The Park Church, where the Clemens family worshiped and its famous abolitionist preacher, Thomas K. Beecher led a congregation of social reformers. A final visit to the Clemens Center to see a meticulously restored 1920s vaudeville theatre.
 Dinner: Dinner in dining room
 Evening: A visit from Mark Twain by impressionist James Ketcham.
   
Accommodations: Watson Homestead
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Classroom lectures continuing the exploration of Mark Twain and introducing the life and times of Glenn Curtiss.
(Tuesday, April 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in dining room.
 Morning: Two morning lectures with Dr. Barbara Snedecor about Twain, his work and influence on American literature.
 Lunch: Lunch will be in the dining room.
 Afternoon: Two afternoon lectures with Kirk House on Glenn Curtiss and his native Hammondsport. This small town bicycle maker went on to motorcycles and then aeroplanes to become the father of naval aviation. The pool will be open for a late afternoon swim.
 Dinner: Dinner in dining room
 Evening: View portions of the Ken Burns Twain documentary that were filmed at Quarry Farm.
   
Accommodations: Watson Homestead
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Day long visit to Hammondsport for the Glenn Curtiss Museum and the Pleasant Valley Wine Company. Visit a LC Tiffany sanctuary interior at the Bath Presbyterian Church. Begin glass study with a pass around session.
(Wednesday, April 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in dining room
 Morning: Field trip to the Glenn Curtiss Museum where Kirk House will guide us through the aviation and Americana collections.
 Lunch: Participants will eat bag lunches they prepared at breakfast.
 Afternoon: We will visit the Pleasant Valley Wine Company for a tour and wine tasting. It is the oldest in New York State. On our way back to the Homestead, we'll stop for a brief visit to the Bath Presbyterian Church to see this stellar example of a full LC Tiffany designed sanctuary interior. Pool will be open for swimming, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
 Dinner: Dinner in dining room
 Evening: We will have a pass-around session with a glass collector showing various types of glass surface decoration - getting us ready for our visit to Corning tomorrow.
   
Accommodations: Watson Homestead
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: All day field trip to Corning for an investigation of the Frederick Carder Steuben collection, plus tour of the Corning Museum of Glass and restored Market Street.
(Thursday, April 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in dining room
 Morning: All day field trip to Corning to have a guided tour of the Frederick Carder Steuben Glass gallery at the Corning Museum of Glass. Participants will also receive a overview of the entire museum complex in order to select galleries and demonstrations to return to after lunch.
 Lunch: Lunch vouchers for the Museum Café will be distributed.
 Afternoon: Early afternoon is free to visit at the Museum. At 3 p.m. we will gather for an optional guided walking tour of the historic restored Market Street district in downtown Corning.
 Dinner: Dinner in dining room
 Evening: Our final evening together always features the group making ice cream the old fashioned way - hand cranked. Then we'll sample our efforts with toppings or home-made maple syrup from Watson Homestead. We also stamp passports this evening.
   
Accommodations: Watson Homestead
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Guided tour of the Rockwell Museum of Western American Art stellar collection in the fabulously restored Old City Hall.
(Friday, April 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in dining room
 Morning: Our final visit to Corning's historic district will be to have a guided tour of the Rockwell Museum of Western Art, a collection of American art and Native American collections put together by Robert Rockwell, local businessman. It is housed in the restored 1893 Old City Hall Romanesque Revival building.
 Lunch: Departures at 10:30 AM. Farewell - maybe we'll meet again at a future Road Scholar program!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Painted Post, NY Finger Lakes Wine Country
Regional tourist information office. Travel guide available, call 866-946-3386. For additional information, visit www.corningfingerlakes.com
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Corning and the Craft of Innovation


Author: Margaret B.W. Graham and Alec T. Shuldiner


Description: For those interested in the history of research and development at Corning Incorporated, this large volume combines both history of the company renamed after moving to its new location in the city of Corning in 1868, through the end of the 20th century. The processes, scientists, engineers, patents, and corporate expansion are covered with some photos, many notes and a detailed index.



Frederick Carder and Steuben Glass: American Classics


Author: Thomas Dimitroff


Description: This essential reference work provides a detailed study of Frederick Carder, his contributions to the Steuben Glass Works, and the captivating works of art he produced in glass. To dazzle and delight the reader, there are over 760 photographs and 450 line drawings, the vast majority of which provide illustration for 800 pieces of Steuben glass from the famous Rockwell collections. Reference material and photographs never before in print are provided. The text evaluates Carder and the Steuben Glass Works that he co-founded in 1903 in a critical light. It reviews Carder's lengthy and productive career, analyzes his changing role within the company, and places Carder's artistic contributions within the matrix of the international decorative arts industries of his time. A section valuable to all collectors is one in which many aspects of identification and evaluation are covered--signatures, relative rarity, and dating.



Glenn H. Curtiss


Author: Kirk W. House & Charles R. Mitchell


Description: Glenn Curtiss beat even the Wright brothers (who sued him bitterly) to get pilot's license No. 1 in America. He teamed with Alexander Graham Bell, helped develop the moving wing part known as the aileron, introduced tricycle landing gear, made the first airplane sales, and turned aeronautics into a multimillion dollar business. His innovations ranged from the Curtiss Pusher to the hydroaeroplane, the flying boat, and the Curtiss Jenny. Curtiss, his engines, and his airplanes dominated the world of early aviation on this side of the Atlantic. Glenn H. Curtiss: Aviation Pioneer charts Curtiss's breakneck course across two continents, North America and Europe, setting speed and distance records, experimenting with military applications, always striving for a safer, faster airplane. Fostering both water flyers and shipboard landing, he became the Father of Naval Aviation. But even the skies were not wide enough for the busy brain of Curtiss. Glenn H. Curtiss: Aviation Pioneer also tracks his dizzying ride from a village bicycle shop to record-smashing motorcycle races, futuristic travel trailers, and city building in the Florida land boom.



Mark Twain: A Life


Author: Ron Powers


Description: A recent biography of this most biographied American writer, includes detailed life story and information about his family, publishers, books, successes and failures.



The American West: People, Places, and Ideas


Author: Suzan Campbell


Description: Permanent collection catalog for the Rockwell Museum of Western Art in Corning, NY. This collection of American paintings, bronzes, firearms and Native American artifacts was assembled by the late Robert F. Rockwell, local businessman, and established as a museum in 1976. It is an unusually fine collection of mid-to-late 19th and 20th century art works documenting the westward expansion movement, the popular illustrations created about it, and includes contemporary artists, many who are Native American.



The Corning Museum of Glass; A Guide to the Collections


Author: Richard W. Price, editor


Description: Full color guidebook of the 3500-year history of glassmaking using color plates of significant objects with full descriptions, plus chapter overviews of the various technological advancements through the ages. An exceptional pre-visit view of the museum and its collections or souvenir memory collection. Much of the book's information and its images can also be found on the Museum's website at www.cmog.org.



The Finger Lakes Book


Author: Katharine Delavan Dyson


Description: Travel guide to the top sites in the 14-county western New York State region, the Finger Lakes. Good for adding pre- and/or post-program activities. Good photos and maps included.



The Maverick and His Machine


Author: Kevin Maney


Description: The latest biography of Thomas J. Watson, founder of IBM, and founder of Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center, on farm of his birth in 1879. Includes information about Watson and the Making of IBM. Author Kevin Maney of USA Today was the first biographer of Watson given access to the original boxes of personal and corporate ephemera that were sealed at his death in 1956.





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