Senior Academy Spring Trip to New Harmony Indiana – Update

Senior Academy Spring Trip to New Harmony Indiana

The Senior Academy spring outing will be at New Harmony Indiana from May 1 to 3, 2013. We will stay at the New Harmony Inn on Wednesday and Thursday nights, May 1 and 2, and return to Indianapolis on Friday May 3.

New Harmony Indiana is one of the most interesting and historic towns in Indiana. It is the site of two of America’s foremost utopian communities of the early 1800s: the Harmonie on the Wabash under the leadership of Johann Georg Rapp followed by the Harmony Society under the leadership of Robert Owen. New Harmony was a center for education and scientific research. Many buildings along the Wabash River have been restored to form the New Harmony Historic District which is a National Historic Landmark. The Indiana State Museum preserves several of the historic buildings, the University of Southern Indiana provides cultural and educational programs and Richard Meier designed the attractive, modern visitor’s center for New Harmony. The New Harmony Inn provides excellent accommodations with furnishings in the Shaker-modest style and the Red Geranium restaurant is well known for excellent food. The Paul Tillich Park and Roofless Church commemorate this well-known theologian. A visit in spring, early May, will be great.

The address for the New Harmony Inn is 504 North Street, New Harmony, Indiana 47631. Their Web site is http://www.newharmonyinn.com/ . MapQuest indicates that it is a bit over 200 miles from Indianapolis taking about 3h and 45 min via I-70, US-41, I-64 and IN-69. Given the travel time, sharing rides will be a good idea.

Ten rooms are reserved under a group called “IUPUI Seniors.” Please secure your own reservation by calling 1-800-7828605 and select #2 (room reservations). You will be connected to the front desk. Tell them that you wish to make a reservation for May 1 and 2 with the “IUPUI Seniors” group. They will collect information on your name, address, phone, and email. You must secure one night’s room reservation with a credit card. A standard room (one queen bed) is $105 per night plus tax and a deluxe room (two twin beds) is $120 per night plus tax. Our block of rooms and the group rate will be offered until April 1, 2013, so please make your reservation before this date.

Please stay tuned for planned group events/tours for May 1 and 2. Historic New Harmony Web sites are found at http://www.usi.edu/hnh/tours.php and http://maxkade.iupui.edu/newharmony/home.html .

Please note that New Harmony is on Central time.

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