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The National Museum of the United States Air Force

Wednesday, May 2

Price: $85 for members, $100 for nonmembers.

Visit the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world: the National Museum of the United States Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton. The museum’s galleries present military aviation history, boasting more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles on display.  Along with thousands of historical items and powerful sensory exhibits, this museum connects the Wright brothers’ legacy with today’s stealth and precision aviation technology. The museum is laid out in chronological order with free guided tours of each gallery, each lasting approximately one hour and 15 minutes. The Air Force Museum collects, researches, conserves, interprets and presents the Air Force’s history, heritage and traditions, as well as today’s mission to fly, fight and win … in Air, Space and Cyberspace to a global audience through engaging exhibits, special programs, and the stewardship of the national historic collection.

Everyone will get a ticket to one show in the Air Force Museum Theatre. The Museum Theatre’s state-of-the-art cinema shows a wide range of 3D films on a massive 80 foot by 60 foot screen – one of the largest in all of southwest Ohio! Films are shown every hour, including documentaries which provide a very dynamic way to explore aviation history, as well as the history of the Air Force.

When you need a break, dine at the Valkyrie Café or the newly-remodeled Refueling Café. Selections at the Valkyrie Café range from salads to pizza and everything in between. The Refueling Café offers quick snacks, salads, wraps, drinks and signature hot dogs. The cost of lunch is not included in the ticket price.

Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 7:30 am and returns around 7:00 pm.

Fabulous Fifties

May 17

Price: $18 for members, $25 for nonmembers.

Location: Franciscan Center, Lourdes University

Revisit the time of poodle skirts, Elvis, radio dramas, and the Hit Parade. Join the fun even if you weren’t there the first time! Presented by actors from the Armchair Theatre branch of the Toledo Repertoire Theatre. Celebrate the end of the semester with friends, lunch and laughter. Price includes lunch and the show.

Israel Experience 2018

Travel & Study Abroad!

Travel Dates: May 6 to 19, 2018    

Information about the trip

There is no better place in the world to study and experience firsthand the history, beliefs, and practices of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Join us for a 14-day trip of a lifetime with 9 nights in Jerusalem and 3 nights in the Galilee.

During this all-inclusive program, Lifelong Learning participants will stay at the University of Notre Dame’s Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem with modern accommodations and a 60,000 volume library, receive expert-guided tours of significant religious sites in Israel and Palestine, dialogue with local people about grassroots peace efforts, immerse themselves in religious traditions, and enjoy the tastes of the Middle East with culinary delights.

*Tour Highlights:

  • Discover Jerusalem, one of the most religiously meaningful cities in the world. Visit the Western Wall, the Suk (Markets), Church of the Holy Sepulchre where Christ died, the Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, and St. Peter Gallicantu which sits atop the dungeon of the high priest Caiaphas.
  • Walk the ruins of Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Float in the “unsinkable” waters of the Dead Sea. Be transported back in time to the days of King Herod at Masada, a fabled mountaintop palace declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Travel to Bethlehem, Capernaum, and Nazareth. Take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Walk the streets of Akko, one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world and another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Bahai Temple and gardens.
  • Thanks to our small group size and educational component, we can visit places that other tours miss. Participants will get to experience life at the local level when they: join in Shabbat services, visit a Jewish settlement, and have lunch with Palestinian students at Bethlehem University.

*Itinerary changes may occur prior to or while we are in Israel. Some sites may be hilly, require walking to gain entrance, or have rough terrain.

For more information please contact: Mary Beth Wielgopolski, Israel Study Abroad Program Director, at

Birthplace of Inventions

Wednesday, June 20

Price: $99 for members, $114 for nonmembers.

Thomas Alva Edison was one of America’s most famous inventors. The incandescent light bulb and phonograph started with him, and his story started in Milan, Ohio. Visit the Edison Birthplace Museum, a registered National Historic Landmark and a meticulously maintained home filled with a collection of rare examples of many of Edison’s early inventions, documents, and family mementos. Edison so cherished his childhood home that he purchased it in 1906, and after Edison’s death his wife and daughter opened Edison’s birthplace to the public as a memorial and museum in tribute to the humble beginnings of a great man.

Across the street is the Milan Museum with galleries focused on local history rich in invention and creativity, as well as collections of glass and dolls. Explore the unique history of the Milan area from the earliest beginnings, through the creation, expansion, and decline of the Milan Canal. New glass galleries explore European and American glass from the earliest piece in the collection of Roman glass through the works of contemporary, local artists. The outstanding Mildred Smith Coulton Doll Gallery features over 350 charming examples of china, bisque, wax, papier-mache and composition dolls.

Enjoy a lunch break at Berardi Family Restaurant with a satisfying hot buffet. After lunch, dive into the Maritime Museum of Sandusky, where we will have a boatload of fun discovering the rich maritime history of the Sandusky Bay area. Through an extensive collection of maritime artifacts on display, explore the early days of boating, commercial fishing, and shipping on Lake Erie! Interactive exhibits illustrate boat-building, wetlands, and Sandusky’s role in the Underground Railroad. In outdoor exhibits, you can board real Lyman’s, see a professional boat workshop and other vessels on display. When you’re finished browsing the museum, visit the nautical gift shop!

Relive your childhood excitement at the Sandusky Merry-Go-Round Museum! Enjoy a fun and relaxed atmosphere while touring the Merry- Go-Round Museum and learning about the history and art of the carousel. The “oom pa pa” of the band organ, and the “painted ponies” on display will thrill and enchant you. Climb aboard the working Allan Herschell Carousel with the band organ playing. Meet artisan carvers who are creating and restoring carousel animals and folk art back to its original full beauty.

Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 8:00 am and returns around 6:30 pm.

Willow Run

Thursday, July 26

Price: $117 for members, $132 for nonmembers.

The Willow Run Bomber Plant is a story of triumph and tragedy, nearly impossible wartime achievements, and how the men and women of 20th century Detroit went to work and built the machines that won the War and saved the world. With a cast of thousands, from Edsel Ford to Rosie the Riveter, this is local and world history not to be missed.

The history of Willow Run is preserved at the Yankee Air Museum. Tour the museum to learn about the contributions of many “Rosies” to the war effort and how both men and women helped win World War II for the United States in various ways. The Willow Run plant was built by the Ford Motor Company near Ypsilanti and was the first aircraft manufacturing complex to use Ford’s automotive mass production technique. The world’s largest factory at the time – mostly women – turned out B-24 Bombers at the rate of one every 55 minutes!

Our guided tour will trace the history of aviation from WWI to today, including exhibits about the Tuskegee Airmen and the WASPs (Women Air Service Pilots).Lunch at the Common Grill is always a treat. A modern American bistro showcasing creative food and small-town charm, the Common Grill has been presenting fresh, imaginative American dishes for over 25 years.

After lunch, enjoy the world premiere of Willow Run at the Purple Rose Theater. The play follows the journey of four women who migrated from all over America to find new lives at the Willow Run plant. Along the way they overcome a multitude of challenges, learn to endure new sorrows, overcome deep-seated prejudices and forge new friendships. The play won the 2017 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award and includes original music by Ben and Jeff Daniels.

Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 9:00 am and returns around 6:00 pm.


Thursday, September 13

Save the date!

Lakeside was among the first communities founded as part of the Chautauqua Movement—a revolutionary cultural movement in the late 1800s, providing public lectures, religious programs and concerts during the summer months. Tour and dine at the historic site, then visit Johnson’s Island and the Marblehead Lighthouse.

More details will be announced soon.

Dinner with the Presidents

Saturday, November 3

Save the date!

Dine with past Presidents of the United States and their wives, portrayed by historical re-enactors. One president or First Lady will be at your table. Bring a camera to capture all the details, down to the period clothing and transportation!

More details will be announced soon.