Enrichment Excursions

All Excursions will depart from and return to the Hilton Cleveland Downtown

Thursday, March 19

Pro Football Hall of Fame - $35
Join us for a day-long tour to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. Adams State University (CO) Professor Rich Loosbrock will provide a historical understanding of the league’s foundation in the industrial cities of the Midwest to its rise as a multi-billion dollar enterprise.  We will utilize the bus ride to learn about the cultural background of the league and how American history can be better understood through an understanding of the league, from its working-class Catholic foundations to its evolution as America’s favorite sport in an integrated, suburbanized and television-obsessed society.  The Hall of Fame museum is chock full of exhibits that bring the history of pro football to life, and on the return trip we will consider the current and future place of the league in a changing society.  The bus is provide by the History Department of Adams State University, and the excursion fee will cover admission into the Hall of Fame and their Insiders Tour.  
Bus departs at 8:45 AM and returns at 3:00 PM.

National First Ladies' Library and McKinley Presidential Library - $60
From Ida McKinley’s crocheted slippers to a letter penned by Jacqueline Kennedy, original objects and documents tell stories that help bring history to life.  Explore object-based learning as you tour the Saxton-McKinley house, Ida McKinley’s childhood home, which the presidential couple inhabited multiple times throughout their lives. Learn how to work with objects in your own classroom and explore working with primary sources as you don white gloves and dig into letters written by some of the country’s most popular first ladies.
Attendees will then travel to the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum.  After lunch, attendees will receive a guided tour of two of the Museum’s permanent exhibits, The Stark County Story and The Street of Shop to learn about the community that our 25th president lived in and called home.  Following the tour there will be a meet and greet with President McKinley in the McKinley Gallery, home to the largest collection of McKinley related artifacts anywhere.  Here a first-person interpreter will portray President McKinley and relate his life experiences.
Bus departs at 8:45 AM and returns at 4:30 PM.

James A. Garfield National Historic Site - $45
Take a visit to Lawnfield, the home of President James A. Garfield.  The house contains the first Presidential Memorial Library and it is the site of the first Front Porch Campaign.  Attendees will see the Visitor Center that offers museum exhibits chronicling the life of James A. Garfield, from canal boy to President. An 18-minute video further highlights the accomplishments of the President throughout his lifetime. The Eastern National bookstore offers a range of print and souvenir materials to commemorate your visit.  Attendees will then take a guided tour of the home, which takes you back in time to the 1880's, the height of the Victorian era. Beautifully restored to how it looked when the Garfield family walked its' halls, the home contains 80% original furnishings that belonged to James Garfield and his family.  Finally, walking the grounds allows you to explore the remaining parts of the Garfield's 160-acre farm. Nine historic buildings remain on the property. Though we don't have crops or livestock anymore, with pictures and a little imagination one might imagine the rows of wheat, orchards of apple and pear trees, and hear the bleating of lambs and clucking of chickens as you stroll the paths. 
Bus departs at 9:30 AM and returns at 1:30 PM.

Lake View Cemetery - $25
Founded in 1869 and modeled after the great garden cemeteries of Victorian-era England and France, Lake View Cemetery is the final resting place of over 104,000.  The docent-led historic tour will include stops at many of the famous buried there, including Charles F. Brush, John Severance, John Milton Hay, Elliott Ness, and John D. Rockefeller.  In addition, attendees will visit the Garfield Memorial, dedicated in 1890 to honor James A. Garfield, 20thPresident of the United States.  The 180’ memorial is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features the caskets of the President and his wife Lucretia that are on display.  Attendees will also make a stop at Wade Chapel, built to honor Jeptha Wade, founder of the Western Union Telegraph Company and the first president of the Lake View Cemetery Association.  The chapel is made of granite and the interior and window were done by Louis Comfort Tiffany. 
Bus departs at 10:00 AM and returns at 12:30 PM.

Cleveland History Center - $35
Join the Cleveland History Center, the headquarters of the Western Reserve Historical Society, for an afternoon exploring everyday objects and their roles in history. The day will include a highlight tour of the History Center, a ride on our 109-year-old Euclid Beach Grand Carousel, and an immersive curator-led behind-the-scenes experience. We will end the afternoon with a short professional development activity that will give educators a hands-on way to explore how everyday objects can bring history to life for learners of all ages!
Bus departs at 1:00 PM and returns at 4:15 PM.

The DBQ Project (Workshop) - $25
The DBQ Project was created to help teachers help students at ALL grade levels read with understanding, think straight, and write clearly. Our engaging questions and use of primary and secondary sources give students the opportunity to investigate history from a variety of perspectives, and supports discussion and debate as students clarify their own ideas and write evidence-based arguments. Highlighting a unit from both our American and World history materials, participants will gain a solid overview of The DBQ Project materials and understand how our resources and pedagogy aligns with the current shifts in history education. The DBQ Online platform will also be used to show how technology can support deep historical thinking. 
Workshop starts at 1:00 PM and returns at 5:00 PM.

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland - $25
During your visit to the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, you’ll have the opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Bank, explore the Learning Center and Money Museum, and participate in hands-on activities. Your experience will include a visit to our Cash Processing Center, and a tour of our Historic Cash Vault, featuring the World’s Largest Vault Door. Participants will also learn about the history, structure, and functions of the Federal Reserve System, and how to access FREE Federal Reserve System resources and programs for educators and students.
Group departs at 1:45 PM and returns at 4:30 PM.
Saturday, March 21
Cleveland Architecture Walking Tour - $25
Travel from the six neoclassic buildings of the Grand Plan laid out by Daniel Burnham in 1903 to the Terminal Tower the tallest skyscraper in the world outside New York City until 1967 to getting your picture under the world's largest permanent outdoor Chandelier.  You'll see the Reinberger Rotunda in the Allen Theatre that is a near-exact replica of the inside of the Villa Madama, a Renaissance-era rural home in Italy.  Tour to include Public Square, the Tower City/Terminal Tower area, Old Stone Church, Soldiers and Sailors Monument (a private guided tour of the Monument lead by their docent), the Society for Savings Building, Fountain of Eternal Life and so much more.  The tour will end with an afternoon refreshment under an 85-foot-high rotunda topped with a Tiffany style stained glass dome in the Cleveland Trust Rotunda Building that is now home to Heinen's.  
Group departs at 3:30 PM and returns at 5:30 PM.


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