Upcoming Society events


Hoosier Heritage Fall Pilgrimage 2017
Showplace Homes on the Dunes
Friday & Saturday, October 13-14, 2017
Lafayette, Beverly Shores, La Porte, Michigan City and Crown Point, Indiana

A rare opportunity to tour showplace homes from the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair – that were brought by barge across Lake Michigan to the resort town of Beverly Shores on the Indiana Dunes – will be among highlights of the Fall Pilgrimage. In addition to touring the homes (including the House of Tomorrow that is being renovated) in the Century of Progress District, we will visit the Old Lighthouse Museum; a homestead of an early 1800s developer of the Calumet Region, and the majestic Old Lake County Courthouse. It includes a John Dillinger Museum about the legendary bank robber’s jail escape in Crown Point. In Lafayette, we will visit the Haan Mansion Museum, a showplace at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. The Haan Museum’s collections have expanded beyond outstanding Hoosier Group artwork (including T.C. Steele paintings) to feature Indiana ceramics. The Beverly Shores homes are owned by the National Park Service and leased by Indiana Landmarks and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. They are subleased to tenants and, because they are privately occupied, seldom available for private tours.

Day 1
Friday, October 13, 2017 (Lunch, Cocktail Party, Dinner)

  • Enjoy commentary from pilgrimage chairman Nelson Price on our drive north.
  • Visit the Haan Mansion Museum in Lafayette. Restored by philanthropists Bill and Ellie Haan, the historic mansion from the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair features the state’s largest collection of Hoosier Group paintings as well as Indiana ceramics.
  • Savor lunch at Bartlett’s Gourmet Grill and Tavern in Beverly Shores at the Lake Michigan shore.
  • Enjoy an overview presentation about the Beverly Shores houses at the town’s visitors’ center by Todd Zeiger of Indiana Landmarks.
  • Tour the showplace homes in Beverly Shores brought from the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. This will include interior tours of three houses and outdoor tours of the exteriors of others.
  • Cocktail party and dinner at Heston Supper Club in La Porte. The cocktail party will be co-hosted by Leigh Morris (former La Porte mayor and Pioneers president) and current president Chuck Bragg. Heston’s is a supper club, which is in a renovated, historic dairy that served a bygone town.
  • Spend the evening at the Hampton Inn in La Porte.

Day 2
Saturday, October 14, 2017 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • Enjoy breakfast at the Hampton Inn, then travel to Michigan City.
  • Tour the Old Michigan City Lighthouse Museum. It will have an exhibit about the Eastland Maritime Disaster in 1915, the worst shipwreck in Great Lakes history; 844 passengers perished.
  • Visit the Barker Mansion Museum, the opulent, English Manor home of rail car manufacturer John Barker, who arrived in Indiana in 1836. His business later merged with Pullman Company.
  • Savor lunch at Fiddlehead Restaurant, a local favorite known for fresh and locally sourced food.
  • Visit the Bailly Homestead, the trading post of the first developer of the Calumet Region. His homestead, a National Historic Landmark, was built beginning in 1835.
  • In Crown Point, tour the historic Old Lake County Courthouse, known as “the Grand Old Lady”, and visit the John Dillinger Museum about “Public Enemy No. 1” during the Great Depression as well as the Lake County Historical Museum.
  • Travel south to Lafayette for dinner at the Knickerbocker Saloon, one of the oldest bars in Indiana with a heritage dating to 1836.

Overnight stay at the Hampton Inn, La Porte

Double occupancy: $399.00 per person
Single occupancy: $457.00

Trip includes deluxe motor coach and five meals (one breakfast, two luncheons, two dinners and a cocktail party). The motor coach will be stocked with soft drinks, wine and beer. Also includes admissions and donations to all sites, all gratuities for meals, luggage handling and gratuity to driver.

Option: Eight spaces at Heston Supper Club in La Porte for Friday evening cocktails and dinner ONLY: $34.00 per person. 6:15 pm arrival time. Reservation required.

Deadline is June 30, 2017
for Pioneers and guests

After the deadline, trip will open to the public.

Guests are welcome, number may be limited. Minimum 25 travelers, maximum 54 travelers.

Reserve early! This trip is expected to fill quickly!

To make a reservation, download the reservation form at this link, complete it and mail, along with check payable to "Thomson Travel," to:

Thomson Travel
5764 E. Fall Creek Pkwy., N. Drive
Indianapolis IN 46226

Depart: 8:05 am promptly from Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N. Meridian St. in Indianapolis. Please arrive 15 minutes early for prompt departure. Park at lower level of parking lot, north of church.

Second departure: Arrive at 9:15 am and park in the parking lot at Haan Mansion Museum, 920 State St., Lafayette. (Space for three cars is available on a first come/first served basis.) Reservation required.

Return: 8:45 pm (approx.) to Haan Mansion Museum. 9:50 pm (approx.) to Second Presbyterian Church.

Cancellation policy: A $10 cancellation fee per person applies for any cancellation. Cancel 40-60 days prior: $50 per person. Cancel 16-39 days prior: $200 per person. Cancel 15 or less days prior, subject to recoverable money. Travel insurance available, call Thomson Travel to have information sent to you.

For answers to questions, contact Sue Thomson at (317) 908-9602 or thomsontravel@gmail.com.

Archived Society events

As a service to our membership, we're pleased to make these reviews of previous Society events available here on the website:

Spring Pilgrimage 2017:
Ohio River Cruise, Historic Mansions & More

Annual Meeting and Luncheon - 2016

Fall Pilgrimage 2016:
Abraham Lincoln and Indiana's Bicentennial

Society Centennial/Indiana Bicentennial Gala

Spring Pilgrimage 2016:
Bicentennial: Corydon, Cedar Farms & Madison

Annual Meeting and Luncheon - 2015

Fall Pilgrimage 2015:
State Parks & Bicentennial Heritage

Spring Pilgrimage 2015:
Interfaith and Church Heritage:
Special Insights into Faith Traditions in Central Indiana

Annual Meeting and Luncheon - 2014

Fall Pilgrimage 2014:
Food Heritage & Historic Mansions

Spring Pilgrimage 2014:
Benjamin Harrison & More:
Special Insights into 19th Century Indy

Annual Meeting and Luncheon - 2013

Fall Pilgrimage 2013:
Limberlost, Amish and Berne

Spring Pilgrimage 2013:

Annual Meeting and Luncheon - 2012

Fall Pilgrimage 2012:
Wabash & Erie Canal,
Tippecanoe Battlefield
and Fort Ouiatenon

Spring Pilgrimage 2012:
Fort Wayne and Rome City

Annual Meeting and Luncheon - 2011

Fall Pilgrimage 2011:
Brown County

Spring Pilgrimage 2011:

Annual Meeting and Luncheon - 2010

Fall Pilgrimage 2010:

Spring Pilgrimage 2010:

Annual Meeting and Luncheon - 2009

Fall Pilgrimage 2009:
French Lick and West Baden

Spring Pilgrimage 2009:
Montgomery County

Fall Pilgrimage 2008:
South Bend and Culver

Annual Meeting and Luncheon - 2008

Spring Pilgrimage 2008:
Historic Tippecanoe County

Annual Meeting and Luncheon - 2007

Fall Pilgrimage 2007:
Evansville & New Harmony

Spring Pilgrimage 2007:

Annual Meeting and Luncheon - 2006

Fall Pilgrimage 2006:
Bedford & Lawrence Counties

Spring Pilgrimage 2006:
The Land of Lincoln

Annual Meeting and Luncheon - 2005

Spring Pilgrimage 2005:
Taggart's French Lick & West Baden

Annual Meeting and Luncheon - 2004

Spring Pilgrimage 2004:
Along the Old National Road

Annual Meeting and Dinner - 2003

Fall Pilgrimage 2003:
Lewis & Clark Bicentennial

Spring Pilgrimage 2003:
History and Art of

Annual Meeting and Dinner - 2002

Fall Pilgrimage 2002:
The Lillys of Indianapolis

Spring Pilgrimage 2002:
Lincoln's Indiana and
Historic Spencer County

Annual Meeting and Dinner - 2001

Fall Pilgrimage 2001:
Oldenburg and Batesville

Fall Pilgrimage 2000:

Spring Pilgrimage 2000:
Shaker Villages in Kentucky

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