What do you want to know?


If we’re lucky, we can all remember at least one from our school days. The teacher who made learning a sport. The teacher who opened a new door on the world. The teacher who introduced us to a passionate interest we never saw coming. That’s how we choose the members of our Road Scholar faculty—for the depth of their knowledge about a destination or subject and for their ability to captivate us while communicating that knowledge.

Discovered America’s birthplace


Bly Straube is a renowned historical archeologist and scholar who was a member of the team of archaeologists who found the remains of James Fort, the site of America's 1607 birthplace. The co-founder of the James River Institute for Archeology, Straube  also works at Historic Jamestowne and has recorded programs for the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, National Geographic and more. She earned a Ph.D. in Archaeology and Ancient History.

75 Number of presentations given to Road Scholars

The Queen’s pick


Ken Wharfe is the SAS-trained officer chosen to head up the security for the Queen’s grandchildren, heir apparent Prince William and Prince Henry. He served as personal protection officer to the Princess of Wales and was appointed to oversee the internal security at Princess Diana’s funeral at Westminster Abbey. Wharfe was honored by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and made a Member of the Victorian Order. His book, “Diana: Closely Guarded Secret,” is a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller.

6 Years served as Princess Diana's personal body guard

She wrote the book


Author Michele Nicole Johnson is a librarian, award-winning writer and lecturer on Sapelo Island, Georgia, a place she describes as so linked to its history one can almost see the footsteps of the ancestors. Michele is not just any expert on the area — she also wrote the book.  She is the author of “Sapelo Island’s Hog Hammock” and “Kindred Spirits: Family Legends & Childhood.”

2 Number of published books

“This was the most authentic cultural experience I've ever had in my 20 years of world travel.”

— Alice, Seattle WA —

Featured faculty

Each and every one of our faculty experts has been carefully selected for the Road Scholar learning adventure they lead. A glance at their bios, and you will understand why.

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Lois Frank
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Doreen Ketchens
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Bill Montevecchi
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Stephen Yellowhawk
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Johann Roscher