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Letter from the editor: Planning for the future of student travel

Student travel

I distinctly remember the bright-pink cherry blossoms and invigorating sense of opportunity as we rolled into the District of Columbia. As only one of five eighth graders who tagged along on the 10th-grade class trip, I was beyond excited. My classmates and I were only months away from new high school freedoms — elective classes, work-based learning, AP courses and more travel opportunities.

There’s nothing quite like seeing the house President John Adams slept in. The first stone was laid in 1792, and it took eight years to finish enough of the White House for it to become livable. As we got into position for a group photo outside the property’s gate, our teacher told us early Americans called the grandiose home the “President’s Palace” and then the “President’s House.”

Even from a distance, admiring the residence in person made me wonder what it would be like to speak at a podium overlooking that lush, green lawn. In that moment, the sentiment became less of a dream-like fantasy and more of a proposed reality.

It was then I understood my generation would become our world’s future leaders — astronauts, doctors, software engineers, teachers and scientists. Some would become journalistic editors like myself, and yes, some would even work in legislative offices. I became inspired and confident in my ability to make a difference in the world if I listened to the lessons travel could teach me.

Moving forward

In recent weeks, we all have learned how remarkably imperative it is for our students to grow globally minded. Through COVID-19, the world’s most innovative minds have successfully planned delivery routes by drone, converted perfume factories into sanitizer production lines and developed ventilators with scuba masks.

As I write this, all but five states have mandated a shelter-in-place order. Millions of students have been asked to do what might have been unthinkable only a month ago: don’t go to school, cancel your class trip, stay away from your friends and turn down soccer practice. Our youth is watching the world rapidly change before their eyes. What unfolds from this pandemic, such as online tools, new hygienic norms, unprecedented laws and a decline in polarization, will live on throughout their adult lives.

Destinations and their attractions have demonstrated their creativity, offering innovative ways to connect with student groups through virtual tours and lessons. The current middle and high school generation is characterized by this technology, and expresses its expectation of instant communication and feedback, developed through apps like Snapchat and Instagram. This same generation sees the power of working collaboratively to solve the world’s greatest challenges — climate change, clean water and mental health. Presently, they’ve seen collective self-isolation to protect older members of their communities.

The crisis has raised a host of questions: Is remote learning possible for every school and youth group? How can educators, parents and group leaders make this uncertain time a more meaningful experience? How will the virus change student travel forever?

Rising together

I hope each of you take a moment to applaud yourself on your demonstration of daring leadership, creativity and newfound resourcefulness. You may have canceled your spring semester trips, but you also have overcome unprecedented challenges. Perhaps you recently learned to connect with student groups through instant messenger or how to conduct a science experiment through video conference. You may have even led a virtual music rehearsal or concert.

As you grapple with new ways of virtually communicating with students, let’s reflect on how this disruption can help us define what educational tours of the future can look like. It is our responsibility to think ahead, because although time seems to be at a standstill, this spring’s eighth-grade class will become autumn’s high school freshmen. And our beloved seniors will be the first class to discuss at a university-level why their high school graduation was canceled.

Student Group Tour magazine is committed to providing content that inspires educational travel, because we know it is imperative to education. We’re confident travel is an investment, not an expense, and we see now more than ever how we must prepare citizens for an interconnected world. Our future leaders will navigate boundaries and leverage their differences to globally collaborate unlike any generation before them. Through travel, students put the skills they have acquired in classrooms into practice. They gain cultural perspective and a strong independence no other teaching method can impart.

We want every child to envision life under the cherry blossoms on Pennsylvania Avenue; that’s why we’ll continue to encourage future tours that change lives. Now is the time to plan the student trip of a lifetime, and we’re proud to provide you with inspiration to get you started.

Together, let’s build itineraries for student travel’s newly imagined future. I know next year’s trips will be more fun and educational than ever.

Sincerely,
Courtney Birchmeier, editor in chief

Hands-on history: Students discover the past through immersive learning

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Polynesian Cultural Center, Oahu, Hawaii Credit: Polynesian Cultural Center

Editor’s Note: During this period of social distancing, Student Group Tour magazine will continue to provide ideas for planning educational travel. While many attractions may not be open right now, we encourage educators and tour planners to gather ideas and formulate itineraries for the future.

Whether it’s riding in a restored Model T, practicing military drills with the Continental Army or preparing food using an ancient cooking technique, there’s no shortage of hands-on activities at historic and cultural sites throughout the country.

These sites welcome student groups to put away the textbooks and learn by doing. Hands-on and immersive experiences help students better understand the past, which in turn helps them better understand the world today. The following attractions are just a few that bring history to life in tactile and tangible ways.

Polynesian Cultural Center
Oahu, Hawaii

The rich heritage of the Pacific Islands comes alive at Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC), a world of discovery that shares thousands of years’ worth of culture in one place. A daylong visit to PCC offers students immersive experiences and hands-on activities as they explore the center’s six island villages. In each village, students meet the people, taste the food, sing and dance while learning about each distinct culture.

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Polynesian Cultural Center, Oahu, Hawaii
Credit: Polynesian Cultural Center

“There’s so much to do at the PCC and possibilities are endless,” said Tua Sanerivi, Hawaii sales manager for the Polynesian Cultural Center, who also is responsible for school groups. “With PCC home to six island villages representing Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti, Tonga, Fiji and Aotearoa (and exhibits for Rapa Nui and Marquesas) there’s no shortage of hands-on and immersive activities to partake. For example, at the Tongan village, guests can play the shuffleboard game called lafo. Or learn the art of the Tahitian spear throw in Tahiti.”

Each island village shares its unique music, dance, traditions and aspects of daily life like games, crafts, cooking and ceremonies. At the Island of Aotearoa, guests learn the techniques for handling and throwing a Maori fighting lance (taiaha). In the Samoan village, they can prepare and cook food in an underground umu — and try the food afterward, too.

PCC also offers luaus, an evening show, a canoe pageant and an interactive cinematic experience called Hawaiian Journey.

Polynesian Cultural Center
808-293-3122
polynesia.com

Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford
Dearborn, Michigan

There’s no better place to learn the history of American ingenuity and innovation than at Greenfield Village, one of the venues that make up The Henry Ford — a National Historic Landmark. Students are immersed in three centuries of American perseverance throughout the living history village’s seven districts. The past comes alive at working farms, Thomas Edison’s lab, the Wright brothers’ workshop, an 1800s train depot and steam-powered rail line, and a replica of Henry Ford’s workshop.

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Greenfield Village, The Henry Ford, Dearborn, Mich.
Credit: The Henry Ford

“At The Henry Ford, students can experience primary and secondary source artifacts from over 300 years of American innovation, ingenuity and resourcefulness that connect to educational content standards through a hands-on, interdisciplinary approach to learning,” said Phil Grumm, senior manager of learning services and on-site programs at The Henry Ford. “Students leave inspired to unleash their own innovative potential.”

Students can watch dramatic, live presentations, like a lively suffragist rally with Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in attendance; or listen to Wilbur and Orville Wright recount their first airplane flight. Demonstrations include Edison’s phonograph and a replica of Henry Ford’s very first internal combustion engine.

In Henry Ford’s Model T District, students trace the life of Ford, one of America’s greatest industrialists and innovators, from childhood through the founding of his Ford Motor Company. The district includes the home where he was born and a replica of the factory where he built his first automobiles. Students even have the opportunity to test ride a restored Model T.

Student field trip options are plentiful and can include the other venues at The Henry Ford — Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and Ford Rouge Factory Tour.

The Henry Ford
313-982-6001
thehenryford.org

Colonial Williamsburg
Williamsburg, Virginia

At Colonial Williamsburg, students step into a 301-acre living, breathing 18th-century town filled with historic structures and stories of the past. School visits include customized, guided tours of Virginia’s colonial capital city and interactive activities.

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Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Va.
Credit: Colonial Williamsburg

“We hope students walk away with the understanding that the events that happened here in Williamsburg laid the foundation for American democracy,” said Nathan Ryalls, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s manager of guest experience and design. “We want them to connect to the past, so that the past is not an obscure thing, it’s not something that just lives in a textbook. e past is exciting and learning about history can be fun.”

The Historic Area is made up of 18th-century trade shops, government buildings and homes.

“The trade shops are a highlight for school groups because they actually see things being made,” Ryalls said. “Our historic trade interpreters are not just representing the trade, they’re actually practitioners of the trade.”

Other student options revolve around themes, like women in 18th-century Williamsburg. Interactive experiences include drilling exercises with the militia, dancing, playing games and performing domestic chores — like retrieving water from the town’s working wells. Evening programs also are available, such as Cry Witch, where students act as the jury during a witch trial and vote for conviction or freedom.

To build on what students learn in the Historic Area, they can visit the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.

“What we offer at the art museums supplements and complements what is done in the Historic Area,” said Trish Balderson, Museums of Colonial Williamsburg’s manager of museum education. For example, students can see a life-size portrait of George Washington by Charles Willson Peale and the wax seal Washington used during the Revolutionary War on his letters and documents.

Another way to get hands-on with history at Colonial Williamsburg is with the Archaeology Department. Archaeological research has been ongoing there since the 1920s.

During the summer, children can participate in an hour-long Archaeology at Custis Square program.

“They’ll get the opportunity to actually screen for artifacts and will be the first person to actually see some of these things coming out of the ground,” said Jack Gary, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s director of archaeology.

In addition, a pilot program for middle and high schoolers, The Public Archaeology Institute, is a weeklong opportunity to work with archaeologists in the field. At the end of the experience, students present their findings in the form of a tour.

“They’ll get the full range of what we do as archaeologists,” Gary said.

Colonial Williamsburg staff members are already working on plans to commemorate big milestones in 2026 — the 100th anniversary of Colonial Williamsburg and the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

Colonial Williamsburg
800-228-8878
colonialwilliamsburg.org

The Spring 2020 issue of Student Group Tour is now online

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The Spring 2020 issue of Student Group Tour magazine is available to read online. This FREE digital edition includes:

The Spring 2020 issue of Student Group Tour is now online.
The Spring 2020 issue of Student Group Tour is now online.

Hands-On History
Students discover the past through immersive learning

The Lounge
Dick Tackett, Bailey Tours

Singing in Rome
Choral ensemble performs in Eternal City

Study Guide
10 tips for navigating the airport with student groups

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Portland, Maine
New York, New York
Birmingham, Alabama
San Francisco, California

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Ohio itinerary: Lake Erie Shores & Islands

Lake Erie Shores & Islands
Lake Erie Shores & Islands, OH
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Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands is a wonderful destination for people of all ages to enjoy. With its convenient location, it is an easy destination for a day trip or overnight excursion. With so much to see and do, there simply isn’t enough time in one day to enjoy it all! Lake Erie Shores & Islands suggests an overnight trip with a multi-day itinerary.

Alyscia Sberna, group experience manager for the destination, shares that the area is amazing for student groups especially, because of all the hidden gems and attractions.

“There is much we can do to help guest experiences while visiting,” she said. “I don’t think planners realize what we offer for no charge. We’d love them to utilize us for itinerary development, welcome packets, lodging assistance and partner referrals. Our group co-op partners can make experiences even better! We want everyone to have a stress-free visit so they can enjoy themselves.”

ASK
Alyscia Sberna
Group Experience Manager
419-734-1818
shoresandislands.com

EXPLORE

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Schedel Arboretum Gardens, Elmore, Ohio

Schedel Arboretum Gardens, a 17-acre garden estate, is a nature experience unlike any other in Northwest Ohio. Each year, the beauty and serenity of this treasure brings thousands to the gardens on the bank of the Portage River.

Visiting is an extraordinary experience for young and old alike. Featuring a Japanese garden, bonsai collection, water gardens, perennial gardens, and gorgeous statuary, this stop is truly a unique opportunity to study and appreciate nature and the arts.

ENJOY

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Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio

For 150 years, Cedar Point has been a mainstay for group fun along the scenic Lake Erie shoreline. Known for its record-breaking collection of thrill rides, the 2020 season is packed with special events, including a spectacular nighttime celebration parade, a new family river adventure ride, and more! 

Cedar Point offers admission and meal packages, as well as overnight accommodations, for all types of group events, such as educational field trips and performance opportunities for bands and choirs.

ENCOUNTER

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African Safari Wildlife Park, Port Clinton, Ohio

African Safari Wildlife Park is the Midwest’s only drive-thru safari, home to giraffe, zebra, llama, and so much more. Be up-close-and-personal to exotic animals and experience feeding them from your vehicle.

Even more interaction with animals is offered with the walk-thru area, along with educational programming. Visitors can ride a camel and feed a kangaroo! Admission includes unlimited trips through the drive-thru for all day adventure and fun.

EXPERIENCE

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Island Transportation’s Tour Train, Put-in-Bay, Ohio

Island Transportation’s Tour Train is a great way for groups to tour the village of Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island, filled with many popular sites. The one-hour narrated tour has stops at locations throughout the island, including: Perry’s Cave, the Butterfly House and Crystal Cave.

It can also include a stop at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, part of the National Park system. Island Transportation offers packages which include attractions, transportation and meal options.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame connects past with present

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, Ohio Credit: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Students experience the history of rock and roll music through iconic artifacts and rare historical video at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. The hall’s interactive Garage allows first-time learners or experienced musicians to pick up a real instrument and rock out.

Induction footage in the Power of Rock theater, where the seats shake and smoke fills the room, makes the audience feel like it’s at a Rock Hall induction ceremony. Listening stations in the Hall of Fame floor allow fans to revisit favorite tunes or dive deeper into an inductee’s music.

Students that take a Rockin’ the Schools program investigate the innovation, influence and impact of rock and roll music on culture and history. The K­–12 classes are interdisciplinary and connect to a broad range of curriculum.

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, Ohio
Credit: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

“The Rock Hall is a truly memorable trip where we make music history come alive every day,” said Deanna Nebel, education instructor. “Come walk through history, play an instrument and explore why rock and roll lives on.”

Nebel said students who come to the Rock Hall enjoy connecting the past and the present. Students gravitate not only to eye-catching artifacts from the past, but also to artifacts of artists they are listening to on their own devices today.

What’s more, students can see how costumes have changed over time to suit the needs of different rock and roll styles, or the variety of instruments that contribute to rock and roll. For many students, a Rockin’ the Schools class is the reason they come to the museum.

“In our classes, we often delve into connections to today’s popular music or explain its origins,” Nebel said. “We validate the students’ current music while honoring the past, such as when we compare today’s hip-hop music to some of the first hip-hop songs.”

Teachers can extend their visit both before and after by using the Rock Hall EDU platform: edu.rockhall.com. The website is free and contains lesson plans, writing prompts, playlists, essays, interviews with inductees and artifact photos only available from the Rock Hall.

For more information on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame call 216-781-7625 or go to rockhall.com.

New York itinerary: Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium, N.Y.
Yankee Stadium, New York City, N.Y.
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The perfect visit for students and educators alike to absorb the rich cultural influence of America’s National Pastime, baseball, and its impact on a community and city.

The Bronx Bombers have called River Avenue and 161st Street “home” since 1923. Yankee Stadium honors the Yankees’ winning tradition while offering premier entertainment experiences. 

Stadium tours visit Monument Park, where Yankees immortals are enshrined in bronze. The New York Yankees Museum Presented by Bank of America celebrates pinstriped heroes and their championship legacies through rotating exhibits. Guests experience the players’ perspective from the home dugout or enjoy a panoramic view from the press box. Stadium events beyond baseball — including soccer, football and concerts — are recognized on each tour. 

Knowledgeable tour guides share inside secrets and fascinating facts for guests to enjoy. Connect students and educators with the New York Yankees’ championship legacy on a Yankee Stadium tour! 

ASK
Yankee Stadium Tours
646-977-8687
tours@yankees.com

ENGAGE

New York Yankees Museum, New York City, N.Y.

The history of baseball’s premier franchise lives inside the New York Yankees Museum Presented by Bank of America. Rotating exhibits honor legendary “Bronx Bombers” heroes, championship teams, and celebrated achievements. 

Permanent displays include World Series trophies and a “Ball Wall” containing autographed baseballs from Yankees past and present. Museum visitors learn how pinstriped icons became American heroes. From Babe Ruth’s bat to Aaron Judge’s uniform, the museum celebrates the Yankees’ century-long heritage of success.   

APPRECIATE

Monument Park, Yankee Stadium, New York City, N.Y.

Monument Park immortalizes history-making heroes. Here, legendary Yankees are enshrined among baseball’s most exclusive fraternity. Each bronze plaque and retired uniform number celebrates a cornerstone of Yankees success. Students and educators will recognize names which have transcended sports to make social, cultural, and economic history. 

Monument Park also recognizes three Papal masses at Yankee Stadium as well as contributors to freedom and social justice. Yankee Stadium tours provide insight into the stories behind these heroes.     

TOUR

Yankee Stadium Dugout and Press Box, New York City, N.Y.

Yankee Stadium Tours provide exclusive access to this iconic venue. The home dugout offers opportunities to literally walk in players’ footsteps. Furthermore, tour guides discuss the stadium’s architecture and operations while guests relax on the bench or lean against the dugout railing. 

Inside the press box, utilized by sportswriters from around the world, students and educators learn about the importance of baseball’s media. The press box also offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the stadium’s interior.

EAT

Hard Rock Café, Yankee Stadium, New York City, N.Y.

Conveniently located onsite and capable of accommodating up to 165 guests, Hard Rock Café Yankee Stadium is the perfect dining experience for all tour visitors. Also explore historic memorabilia items from New York-based artists and musicians, and of course, mementos from the beloved Yankees.

With award-winning cuisine, Hard Rock Café Yankee Stadium pays homage to everything treasured about New York City. The ultimate sports and music experience is waiting at Hard Rock Cafe Yankee Stadium!

New Orleans Museum of Art shares robust collection

New Orleans Museum of Art
Credit: New Orleans Museum of Art

As the The Big Easy’s oldest fine arts institution, the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) in Louisiana is home to an expansive permanent collection of almost 50,000 objects.

“New Orleans Museum of Art is an encyclopedic art museum, which means we feature works of art from all around the world,” said Tracy Kennan, curator of education at NOMA. “Students can see art from a wide variety of cultures and time periods on a visit to NOMA.”

The museum’s collection is known for its strengths in American and French art, glass, photography, and Japanese and African works. Student tours of the museum can either be guided or self-led.

“Guided discussions about works of art encourage students to make observations, build connections and think critically,” Kennan said. “For guided visits, knowledgeable guides engage small groups in age-appropriate discussions. Tours are interactive, conversational and aligned with educational standards for visual arts, language arts, science and social studies. We tailor each tour to the grade level of the students.”

New Orleans Museum of Art
Credit: New Orleans Museum of Art

In addition to its robust collection, NOMA houses the 12-acre Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, one of the most important sculpture gardens in the United States. The garden has more than 90 sculptures situated on a landscaped site amongst meandering footpaths, reflecting lagoons, Spanish moss-laden 200-year-old live oaks, pines, magnolias, camellias and pedestrian bridges.

“Students love to explore the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden,” Kennan said. “Our modern and contemporary galleries also are very popular. Learning about art is learning about humanity. Taking the time to really make observations and discuss works of art with others can help us see things from different points of view.” Guided visits to the museum require two weeks’ notice, and self-guided trips must be booked at least 24 hours in advance.

For more information on the New Orleans Museum of Art, call 504-658-4100 or go to noma.org

Pennsylvania itinerary: Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pa.
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Home to the most historic square mile in the country, not to mention great museums and entertainment, Philadelphia is where fun and learning meet. Kids are like sponges so take them someplace where they can really soak up the fun. The home of the Phillies, will not just keep their attention, but the trip will inspire them for years to come.

As the second largest city on the East Coast and in perfect proximity to many other popular group destinations, Philadelphia is a top pick for student group planners.

DISCOVER

Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia, Pa.
Credit: Anthony Sinagoga, Philadelphia CVB

The American Revolution was dramatic, gritty, and full of uncertainty – it was anything but dry and inevitable! The Museum of the American Revolution invites students and educators to explore this rich and complicated era and its connections to our world today. Through immersive environments, powerful theater experiences, and an unmatched collection of artifacts, students will experience the Revolution through the lens of real people of the Revolutionary Era.

SEE

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pa.
Credit: Scott Spitzer, Philadelphia CVB

Walk (or run) up the world-famous steps of the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art to experience one of the largest art collections in the country. Discover of 2,000 years of artistic expression from the Renaissance and Impressionist Movement to Modern art. And it’s about to get even better as another 90,000 square feet of galleries will be yours to discover come Fall 2020!

SHOP

Fashion District, Philadelphia, Pa.
Credit: Kyle Huff, Philadelphia CVB

Over three blocks in Center City, Philadelphia, have been transformed into an exciting retail experience. Boasting not only big-name stores and discount outlets, but a dynamic mix of social spaces, entertainment, art, and of course, food. Take a shopping break, catch a movie or go bowling. And with our help, you can make sure not to miss any of the pop-up fashion shows or special events throughout the season.

EAT

Campos Cheesesteaks, Philadelphia, Pa.
Credit: Kyle Huff, Philadelphia CVB

Has all that walking made you hungry? We’ve got just the thing: Campos in the heart of Old City has been satisfying big appetites with the best cheesesteak in the city since 1947. Get a taste of authentic Philadelphia favorites from classic cheesesteaks and hoagies to cannoli’s and more. Whether students get in before the lunch rush or make it the last stop of the night, no trip to Philadelphia is complete without the official cheesesteak of the Flyers or Phillies. Talk about an Instagram-worthy meal! 

ASK
Jim DePhilippo
Tourism sales manager for Philadelphia’s Convention & Visitors Bureau
215-636-3312
jim@discoverphl.com
discoverphl.com

The Historic Artcraft Theatre enchants students

Students experience history firsthand at The Historic Artcraft Theatre in Franklin, Indiana.

History talks, movies and tours for school groups can be arranged at the 1922 art deco movie house.

Artcraft Theatre
Marquee, The Historic Artcraft Theatre, Franklin, Ind.
Credit: The Historic Artcraft Theatre

“Our goal is twofold,” said Jaime Shilts, programming and events coordinator. “First, we want to expose children to the Artcraft experience, which is the same as what their parents and grandparents would have experienced. And two, to offer an affordable, fun field trip for all ages.”

The 15-minute history talk presents an overview of the 625-seat theater’s past.

“We’ll talk about the early beginnings of the theatre,” Shilts said. “We talk about what a silent movie is and what vaudeville was and about the orchestra pit and how it was used. We also tell them about our 35 mm projectors and how they differ from what other theaters use. We always talk about the restoration of the theatre and why saving it is important. And we like to mention our volunteers and what volunteering means. We have over 280 volunteers, and they keep us in business.”

Smaller groups are able to take tours of the theater. Tours include the stage, adjacent green room and original projection booth.

A classic movie viewing includes a small drink and popcorn. Students love the popcorn, as it is locally grown and tastes different than the popcorn they are used to.

“The Artcraft is a wonderful place to bring students, and we can hold a lot of them,” Shilts said. “Our volunteers help run the field trips and they make it pretty easy for the teachers. We love to talk about the history of the theater and also why recycling and preservation is important. We’re actually owned by Franklin Heritage, Inc., one of Indiana’s longest running preservation groups.”

Artcraft Theatre
Student program, The Historic Artcraft Theatre, Franklin, Ind.
Credit: The Historic Artcraft Theatre

Franklin is located about 25 minutes south of Indianapolis, just west of Interstate 65’s exit 90. Motorcoaches drop off students in front of the theater. Drivers are directed to local parking lots.

For more information on The Historic Artcraft Theatre call 317-739-0458 or go to historicartcrafttheatre.org.

The December 2019 issue of Student Group Tour is online

The December 2019 issue of Student Group Tour magazine is available to read online. This FREE digital edition includes:

Read the December 2019 issue of Student Group Tour online

Game On
Major cities score with educational sports tours

The Lounge
Danielle Savarese, Beyond Times Square

Study Guide
5 tips for leading students on the subway

Along with coverage on:
Ottawa, Ontario
Hartford, Connecticut
The Adirondack Coast, New York
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Phoenix, Arizona
Australia – Eastern Australia guarantees an educational adventure

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