Pre Conference Tour “Smithsonian on the Landscape”

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2018 / 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Taking a cue from the Smithsonian, this tour will highlight the black settlements and mixed-race communities that are featured in the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s “The Power of Place Exhibit”.  

• Fountain City’s new interpretive center and the adjoining Levi and Catharine Coffin State Historic Site
• Union Literary Institute near Spartanburg

Travel just across the Ohio boarder to visit:
• The James and Sophia Clemens Farmstead
• The Bass Cemetery
• Bethel Long Wesleyan Church

Levi and Catherine Coffin Interpretive Center and Historic Home

The Center, featured by Smithsonian Magazine as one of the 12 new museums to visit in 2016
Levi and Catharine Coffin – Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

Union Literary Institute Preservation Site

IHB: Union Literary Institute |

Union Literary Institute – Home | Facebook

James and Sophia Clemens Farmstead

Located just across the Ohio border, the Clemens founded the Longtown Settlement when they purchased the land in 1818. Longtown will be celebrating their bicentennial in2018. All of these sites are listed in the National Parks Service Underground Railroad “Network to Freedom” Program.

James and Sophia Clemens Farmstead

James and Sophia Clemens Farmstead – Greenville, Ohio – Landmark


Wednesday Tour Lunch Order Form

(Not live) 2018 Pre-Conference Tour Lunch Order Form
(Please pick one, options below) *We will provide special meals for vegans and vegetarians


African American Heritage Bus Tour “Heroes, History and Heritage” Tour


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 20178 / 7:00 – 11:45 AM

An American Revolutionary, Civil War Heroes and a King who changed the world…learn about these individuals, the preserved structures in their honor and much more as part of the Indianapolis African American Heritage Tour.

See sights that share the early history of African Americans in Indianapolis as you drive to these step off locations:
• Indiana War Memorial and Museum
• Kennedy- King Park Landmark for Peace Memorial – National    Commemorative Site
• Crispus Attucks Museum

Indiana War Memorial and Museum

A designated National Historic Landmark, National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior. The museum located on the lower level portrays Hoosier involvement  in every military conflict from revolutionary times to current Middle East actions. Indianapolis devotes more acreage than any other U.S. city to honoring our nation fallen, and is second only to Washington, DC, in the number of war memorials.

Indiana War Memorial –

Kennedy King Memorial

On the night that Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, Robert Kennedy was in Indianapolis. He was already scheduled to speak at this urban park.
Kennedy-King Park is recognized as a National Commemorative Site. 

Crispus Attucks Museum

Located in the city’s segregated high school established 1927. Exhibits highlight the school’s legend and legacies, Indiana Jazz History, Tuskegee Airman Story and more.

Crispus Attucks High School | Indianapolis Public Schools


Tour Question

Wednesday Tour

Thursday Tour

Assemble and departure time 7:00 – 7:30 AM / bus loads
7:30 AM / bus departs
7:00 – 7:30 AM / bus loads
7:30 AM / bus departs
Attire Casual
Comfortable walking shoes
Comfortable walking shoes
Return to the hotel 4:00 PM 11:45 AM
Is there significant walking on the tour? Some walking involved but not significant The ADA entrance to the War Memorial Museum requires a lot of walking (it is a long ramp)
Do you need to know any ADA info from registrants? This tour will be difficult for wheel chairs
The bus is not handicap accessible
The bus is not handicap accessible
Any other pertinent information? No No
Info on food Lunch is provided
Please complete the Wednesday lunch order form above
Continental breakfast will be served at the first stop
Restroom on the bus Yes.  We will also have restroom breaks along the routs Yes
Should they get breakfast before boarding?  Weill we have water? Should they bring snacks? We will have light breakfast snacks including juice and water.  We will not have coffee.  Note that the Starbucks opens at 6:30 AM We will have continental breakfast at the Kennedy-King Center.  They can pick up snacks at this stop