Upcoming Society events


Hoosier Heritage Spring Pilgrimage 2020
West Fork Area of the Whitewater River and
Enjoy Dinner with Governor Morton
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Knightstown, Cambridge City & Centerville, Indiana

Join us for a Spring Pilgrimage to eastern Indiana that will include visits to the legendary Hoosier Gym in Knightstown and tours of Cambridge City and Centerville to introduce visitors to life on the historic National Road at the intersection with the Whitewater Canal. Capping off the day will be an 1860s era meal in the Centerville home (restoration-in-progress) owned by Governor and Senator Oliver P. Morton, thought by many to be the most consequential Governor of Indiana. At dinner, visitors will meet a historian and performer portraying the Senator who will offer comments on his life and times as Indiana’s Civil War Governor and Reconstruction Senator.

  • Enjoy commentary from Nelson Price and Ron Morris on the motor coach on the drive east.
  • Tour the historic Knightstown Academy, a 19th century school initially built as a Quaker seminary. It has been restored and repurposed into Academy Place, a senior residential community.
  • At the Hoosier Gym in Knightstown, meet notables connected with the iconic movie Hoosiers (1986), including Bobby Plump (subject to availability).
  • Visit the site of the first Women’s Rights Conference in Indiana occurring immediately after the conference in Seneca Falls, NY in 1848.
  • In the town of Cambridge City, see where Solomon Meredith of the Civil War’s Iron Brigade lived, and learn how his daughter-in-law became the first female trustee of Purdue University.
  • Visit a restoration in progress at the Cambridge City Opera House, hidden in plain view.
  • Enjoy a quaint lunch at the newly restored King’s Café.
  • In the living room of the Overbeck House, visitors will see where sisters created premier Arts and Crafts style pottery.
  • Visit the Cambridge City History Room at the town Library and the Overbeck Pottery Collection.
  • Tour the National Register town of Centerville and see on-going restoration progress at the Morton Home.
  • Walk the original pioneer Main Street of Centerville where people still live in 1820-1830 homes.
  • See where abolitionist Levi Coffin was brought before a Grand Jury. Though he freely admitted to helping slaves escape, no charges were brought against him.
  • Enjoy the flavors of an 1860s spring meal from a Hoosier cookbook including treats that might have been found on the Governor’s table and meet Governor now Senator Oliver P. Morton as he returns to his Centerville home to talk about politics and the issues facing the nation.

Reserve early! Before it is open to the public!

Price: $163
(Includes transportation, lunch, 1860s-era dinner reception, admissions,
gratuities & donations to sites and driver )

Registration Deadline: January 5, 2020 for Pioneers and their guests
(After that, also opens to the public.)

Guests are welcome; number may be limited.
Minimum: 25 travelers; Maximum: 50


  • INDIANAPOLIS at 8:00 am promptly from Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N. Meridian St. in Indianapolis. Please be on the coach and ready to depart at 7:45 am. Park at lower level of parking lot, north of church.
  • KNIGHTSTOWN at 9:00 a.m. from the empty parking lot across from Knightstown Academy at 340 N. Adams, Knightstown, IN.


  • KNIGHTSTOWN at approximately 7:30 p.m. to empty parking lot across from Knightstown Academy.
  • INDIANAPOLIS at approximately 8:30 pm to Second Presbyterian Church.

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

Thomson Travel
5764 East Fall Creek Parkway, N. Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46226

Cancellation policy:

A $10 cancellation fee applies for any cancellation before February 13, 2020. After that, no refund except recoverable money unless we have someone on the wait list to take your place. If there isn’t a wait list, you are welcome to find a replacement to fill your spot.


For answers to questions, contact Sue Thomson at (317) 908-9602 or by email at 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:

Pilgrimage 2019:
Cumberland Gap: Retracing Our Ancestors' Journey

Annual Meeting and Luncheon - 2018

Fall Pilgrimage 2018:
Experience Old Fort Wayne Anew

Spring Pilgrimage 2018:
Willkie Home, Covered Bridges, Historic Mansions & More

Annual Meeting and Luncheon - 2017

Fall Pilgrimage 2017:
Showplace Homes on The Dunes, Michigan City and Crown Point Historic Sites

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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