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

Program Number: 21011RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/7/2013 - 4/12/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Hillsdale, Michigan
Price starting at: $578.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    


Date Specific Information

4-7-2013

This program will offer a Wednesday field trip that will require some walking. Guests will be loading and unloading on the bus throughout the day as well as walking around an Amish visitors center and through other Amish store fronts, school house, and other Amish locations. While there will not be any distances to walk, guests should not expect to remain on the bus to avoid having to walk short distances that day. The value of the field trip will be lost in such a case. We will be able to accommodate a wheelchair for most of that day`s events.
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Coordinated by Michindoh Conference Center.



Early American Presidents

You’ll appreciate an academic look at some of our earliest and best loved presidents! Sessions will be instructed by professors from Hillsdale College and Spring Arbor University.



Islam and Politics

Examine the history, culture, politics and modern influences of Islam with a professor from Hillsdale College.



Amish in America

Enjoy a session on the history of the Amish in America before embarking on a day trip to an Amish Community. Experience firsthand an Amish school house, a historical museum created by the Anabaptist Community, Mennonite- and Amish-run businesses, and savor lunch at an Amish farm.




Hillsdale

As the headwater to five different rivers and home to several lakes, Hillsdale and surrounding areas claim many natural treasures, as well as manmade treasures discovered along nearby “Antique Alley.”



Accommodations
Conference center with many recreational options. In observance of institutional guidelines, only married couples or people of the same sex share rooms.
Meals and Lodgings
   Michindoh Conference Center
  Hillsdale, Michigan 5 nights
 Michindoh Conference Center
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 pm check-in on Sunday afternoon You will be staying at Michindoh Conference Center that night.
  End of Program:
1:00 pm check-out on Friday afternoon You will be staying at Michindoh Conference Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is availalbe on campus and in easy proximity to accommodations.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Hillsdale, Michigan
  Nearest highway: I-69.
  Nearest airport:  Toledo Express Airport (TOL), Toledo, OH.
  From End of Program
  Location: Hillsdale, Michigan
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
 
Driving Directions
  Chicago Go East on I80/90 to I-69. Go North on I-69 to Michigan. Continue North on I-69 to US 12, - 13 miles. Go East (R) on US 12 to State Rte 99, just before Jonesville - 16 miles. Go Southeast (R) on State Rte 99 (road jogs) - 5 miles. In Downtown Hillsdale go East (L) on E Bacon Rd - 4 miles. Michindoh is on your right. Travel time approx. 3.5 hours.
  Cleveland Go West on I-80/90 through Toledo to Hwy 15 (exit 2). Go North (R) on Hwy 15 to M99 in Michigan. Continue on M99 to M34 intersection. Go West (L) .25 miles on M34 to Lake Pleasant Rd. Go North (R) on Lake Pleasant Rd to E Bacon Rd (follow airport signs - road jogs). Go East (R) on E Bacon Rd for .5 mile. Michindoh is on your right. Travel time approx. 3.5 hours.
  Indianapolis Go North on I-69 to Michigan. Continue North on I-69 to US 12 - 13 miles. Go East (R) on US 12 to State Rte 99 just before Jonesville - 16 miles. Go Southeast (R) on State Rte 99 (road jogs) - 5 miles. In Downtown Hillsdale go East (L) on E Bacon Rd - 4 miles. Michidoh is on your right. Travel time approx. 3.5 hours.
  Lansing Go South on 127 to I-94 (Jackson). Jog East on I-94 a couple miles. Continue South on 127 to US 12 - cross US 12. Go about .5 mile and veer to the right (staying on 127). Go through Addison to Church Rd (look for green road sign) - 8 miles (after you veer). Go West (R) on Church Rd to Waldron Rd - 2.7 miles. Go South (L) on Waldron Rd 1 mile to E Bacon Rd. Go West (R) on E Bacon Rd - 7.4 miles. Michindoh is on your left. Travel time approx. 1.25 hours.
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: Arrival 4:00 - 5:30 pm
(Sunday, April 7)

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.
   
Accommodations: Michindoh Conference Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Today will offer a look at Puritanism and it's affect on our early American culture.
(Monday, April 8)

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"
   
Accommodations: Michindoh Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: 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.
(Tuesday, April 9)

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!
   
Accommodations: Michindoh Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: 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.
(Wednesday, April 10)

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.
   
Accommodations: Michindoh Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Today we will look at Islam's history, culture, and influence on current day influences.
(Thursday, April 11)

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!
   
Accommodations: Michindoh Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Check-out is at 1:00 pm, following lunch and a morning session.
(Friday, April 12)

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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