Activity note: Hotel check-in available from 3:30 p.m.
Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, ask for the location of Road Scholar registration, then meet the Group Leader and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in.
Dinner: At the hotel, enjoy a plated dinner including salad, entree, and dessert, with coffee or tea, water. other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures including contact numbers for key staff, and answer any questions you may have. Scheduled free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.
Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles along streets, some stairs, periods of standing.
Breakfast: At the hotel, the tasty breakfast buffet offers choices such as eggs, omelettes, waffles, biscuits and gravy, meats, fresh fruit, juice, milk, yogurt, and coffee, tea, water.
Morning: We’ll begin our study with a presentation by an historian on the history of Indianapolis, Indiana, nicknamed the “crossroads of America.” We’ll then be joined by another expert who will lead a field trip to examine the city’s architecture and monuments. Indianapolis is famous for sports and a top spot for conventions. It also has a rich history and multi-faceted cultural profile that’s hard to beat. This is a city of distinctive architecture, including more historical monuments dedicated to our military and veterans than anywhere in the country except Washington, DC. Join our local historian for a walking field trip to explore and admire the creativity and dedication that honors the sacrifice of those revered in our memory. We’ll begin at the hotel and depart to see monuments (depending on availability) such as the Indiana War Memorial, the Soldiers and Sailors monument in aptly named Monument Circle, Birch Baye Courthouse, Veteran’s Memorial Plaza and more. We’ll conclude our walk at the Eiteljorg Museum.
Lunch: At the Eiteljorg Museum Café, choose a sandwich, wrap, or salad plus cookie and soft drink or water.
Afternoon: The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art is the gift of visionary art collector, philanthropist, and lover of the American West, Harrison Eiteljorg. The museum opened in 1989 to showcase the impressive collection Mr. Eiteljorg, an Indianapolis native, assembled over many years, as well as significant collections such as that of the late George Gund. Among masterworks by 19th and 20th Century artists, including those of the Taos Society of Artists, are renowned names such as Frederic Remington, Charles Russell, N.C. Wyeth, Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, and Kay Walking Stick. The Eiteljorg is one of only two museums east of the Mississippi River dedicated to Indian and Western art, culture and history. The museum also promotes authentic Native American arts and crafts. The building itself is a work of art, influenced by Pueblo structures, and has become a highlight of the local landscape. Following a docent-led exploration, we’ll have presentation on the revolving exhibits developed exclusively for Road Scholar.
Dinner: At a popular Indianapolis restaurant.
Evening: At leisure. Enjoy a little relaxation after a long day in Indy.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: We’ll be joined a local expert for a presentation on more fascinating aspects of Indianapolis and its history. We’ll then transfer to the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Lunch: At the Indianapolis Museum of Art, choose a sandwich, wrap, or salad plus dessert and soft drink or water.
Afternoon: We’ll go on a docent led exploration of the Museum. Its genesis was an art exhibition in 1883 sponsored by the Art Association of Indianapolis. It officially became the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1969, evolving into the nation’s 5th-largest art museum, with a collection of more than 50,000 works encompassing 5,000 years of human history and artistic achievement. The collection today has important holdings in African, American, Asian, European, and contemporary art including paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and photographs, and decorative arts.
Dinner: At a restaurant a short walk from the hotel, enjoy an Italian family style dinner with choice of entrée, salad, dessert, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: Our guest presenter this evening will talk about the lives and careers of famous Hoosiers in baseball, basketball, football, cycling, golf, and racing such as Three-Fingers Brown, Larry Bird, Knut Rockne, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, and John Wooden.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: We’ll embark on a short walk to the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, a non-profit organization celebrating the famed author for his indelible contributions to American society, for an expert-led lecture and exploration followed by time to explore on your own. Next, we’ll go for a narrated excursion highlighting Vonnegut connections in the city. We’ll end at the Athenaeum, the city’s most distinctive cultural landmark, to learn about its history and the German-American heritage in Indianapolis. Built by German immigrants at the end of the 19th century, it was called “Das Deutsche Haus” (the German House) and served as a community gathering place emphasizing the values of “a sound mind in a sound body.” The elaborate building, on the National Register of Historic Places, is home to a number of businesses, organizations, and other groups.
Lunch: At Indianapolis’ oldest restaurant, the Rathskeller inside the Athenaeum, enjoy a meal of German cuisine with a main dish, dessert, and beverage.
Afternoon: Our focus this afternoon is the Indiana State Museum, situated downtown in White River State Park. Its collection of hundreds of thousands of items ranges “from mastodons and dire wolves to contemporary art.” We’ll have a docent-led exploration then attend an old time radio stage show with audience participation. The remainder of the afternoon is free. You are welcome to remain and see more of the museum, walk around the park, visit other Indianapolis sites, or return to the hotel at your own pace and relax. The choice is yours.
Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
Evening: We’ll regroup at the hotel for a program on aspects of local history and culture.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: We’ll ride to the headquarters of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB), the largest affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, to learn how the organization has influenced and benefitted the city through neighborhood revitalization, grassroots-driven community initiatives, and habitat restoration since its founding in 1976. Led by an expert, we’ll walk through the building, awarded LEED-Gold certification status by the U.S. Green Building Council. Next, we’ll go for a walking field trip along the famed Indianapolis Cultural Trail, a downtown pedestrian and bike path that connects entertainment and cultural venues as part of the state’s extensive Indiana’s greenway system. With KIB’s horticulture expert and community engagement specialist, we’ll explore three greenspace projects and learn how they help people and nature thrive, and end up at City Market.
Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like at City Market. This historic market opened in 1886 and quickly became a community gathering place as well as a convenient stop for all aspects of daily food needs. The market today is a foodie haven with numerous eateries and specialty food vendors.
Afternoon: We’ll take the motorcoach to the Indiana History Center, the museum of the Indiana Historical Society, one of America’s oldest and largest. We’ll have a presentation by museum experts followed by the time to explore on your own. The technologically sophisticated and innovative “Indiana Experience” puts you into 3D recreations of historic photographs, takes you on a virtual journey through Indiana, allows you to enjoy the music of Hoosier boy Cole Porter, takes you behind the scenes to understand what’s involved in historical research, and more.
Dinner: For our farewell dinner, enjoy a tasty meal with choice of entrée, salad, dessert, a non-alcoholic beverage, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: At leisure. Enjoy the camaraderie of new Road Scholar friends, then prepare for departure after our last session in the morning.
Activity note: Hotel check-out is by 11:00 a.m.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: We’ll be joined by a local historian who will speak on local history followed by our program wrap up, ending by 10:30 a.m. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!