Upcoming Society events

Special events

NSCDA's President Lincoln's Indiana Days and Springfield, Illinois Tour
Monday & Tuesday, April 10-11, 2017
Springfield, Illinois

Pioneers are invited to join the Indiana Colonial Dames for President Lincoln’s Indiana Days and Springfield, Illinois Tour April 10-11, 2017. Presented by Thomson Travel, with guest presenter Nelson Price, local author and radio show host.

The trip includes:

  • Deluxe motor coach with a professional tour driver
  • One night lodging at State House Inn in Springfield, Illinois (each room has a king or two queen beds)
  • Four meals (one breakfast, one lunch, two dinners) B (Breakfast), L (Lunch), D (Dinner)
  • All touring admissions and attractions as listed
  • Luggage handling for one suitcase per person
  • Includes gratuity for all included meals, and luggage handling plus driver’s gratuity
  • Bus will be stocked with water, soft drinks, snacks, wine and beer!
  • Tour does not include non-listed meals and personal purchases
  • Departure location will be Second Presbyterian Church located at 7700 N Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN

DAY 1 - Monday, April 10th (L, D)

  • Depart Indianapolis and enjoy commentary about Lincoln’s early years in Indiana by Nelson Price
  • Enjoy a luncheon buffet at Chesapeake Seafood Restaurant in Springfield, IL
  • Visit the Lincoln Tomb, the final resting place of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, and three of their four sons. It is located in Oak Ridge Cemetery.
  • Our next stop is the Edwards Place. It is the oldest house in Springfield on its original foundation. Originally constructed in 1833, the structure has undergone several additions and renovations in its nearly 180-year history in response to changes in fashion, occupancy, and use. Learn its importance to President and Mrs. Lincoln.
  • Visit the Lincoln Home. It doesn't impress like George Washington's plantation on the Potomac or Thomas Jefferson's mountain retreat, but Lincoln's home in downtown Springfield has proved irresistible to visitors since it opened to the public. Beautifully restored to its 1860 appearance, the Greek Revival house was Abraham and Mary Lincoln's home for 17 years. In 1844 they bought it for $1,200 and some land from the Rev. Charles Dresser, who performed their marriage ceremony in 1842.
  • Stop at the First Presbyterian Church. Learn the connection to Mayor Hudnut, see the Lincoln pew and view the lovely Tiffany windows.
  • Enjoy a change of clothes, a cocktail at the State House Inn before departing for dinner at Maldanders Restaurant. The restaurant was established in 1884 and is one of the finest restaurants in Springfield.
  • Just days before his assignation on April 14, 1865, enjoy a special visit from President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln!

DAY 2 - Tuesday, April 11th (B, D)

  • Enjoy breakfast at the hotel
  • Our first stop this morning is the The Illinois State Capitol. This beautiful building houses the executive and legislative branches of the government of the State of Illinois. The current structure is the sixth to serve as capitol since Illinois became a part of the United States in 1818.
  • Enjoy a very special stop at the Dana-Thomas House. It was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1902 for Susan Lawrence Dana, a forward-thinking socialite living in Springfield, Illinois. The home, the 72nd building designed by Wright, contains the largest collection of site-specific, original Wright art glass and furniture. Wright’s first “blank check” commission, the home has 35 rooms in the 12,000 square feet of living space which includes 3 main levels and 16 varying levels in all.
  • Just before lunch on your own enjoy a guided tour of The Old State Capitol. It is the fifth capitol
    building built in Illinois. It was built in the Greek Revival style in 1837–1840, and served as the state house from 1840 to 1876. It is the site of candidacy announcements by Abraham Lincoln in 1858 and Barack Obama in 2007.
  • Our last stop of the day is the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum that documents the life of the 16th U.S. President, Abraham Lincoln, and the course of the American Civil War. Combining traditional scholarship with 21st-century showmanship techniques, the museum ranks as one of the most visited presidential libraries.
  • Enjoy a boxed dinner as we head back home with new friendships and great insight into in the life of President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln.

Reservation and deposit form is available at this link.

Double: $380
Single: $440
Minimum participants is 25; maximum 50
$125 deposit required


Sue Thomson
5764 E Fall Creek Parkway North Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46226.

Final payment is due: March 1, 2017

Make check payable to: Thomson Travel

Travel insurance is available; but if not purchased, the following cancellation policy will apply: Any cancellation $10 pp, 90-60 days prior to departure $125 pp, and 59-31 prior to departure $200 pp if less than 30 travelers (31+ travelers $125). Cancel less than 15 days prior, subject to recoverable money. Call to receive cancellation insurance form before making deposit. Reservations accepted up to day of departure based on seat and room availability. If minimum number of travelers is not reached, trip could still depart with a price increase to cover motor coach fee. A full refund will be given if trip is cancelled and cancellation date is March 1, 2017. Call Sue Thomson at (317) 908-9602 to ask any questions.


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.

Hoosier Heritage Spring Pilgrimage 2017
Ohio River Cruise, Historic Mansions and More
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Jeffersonville and New Albany, Indiana


Join us for a scenic Spring Pilgrimage that will include an Ohio River cruise aboard the Belle of Louisville, the historic steamboat. The trip also will feature special visits to historic mansions that have become landmarks on or near the river. They will include the Howard Steamboat Museum in Jeffersonville, and, in New Albany, the Culbertson Mansion, built for the wealthiest Hoosier of his era.

  • Enjoy commentary from pilgrimage chairman Nelson Price on the motor coach on the drive south.
  • In Jeffersonville, tour the Howard Steamboat Museum, which is housed in a 22-room Romanesque Revival mansion on the Ohio River. The mansion was built by the son of James Howard, who founded the Howard Shipyards in 1834; it evolved into the country’s largest inland shipbuilding operation. The museum has memorabilia from the steamboat era of the 1830s through 1900.
  • En route to the Ohio River, enjoy river history by Kadie Engstrom, historian for the Belle of Louisville.
  • Board the Belle of Louisville, a legendary, paddlewheel-drive steamboat, for a cruise of the Ohio River. The Belle of Louisville is the oldest operating Mississippi River-style steamboat in the country. Highlights of the river excursion will include the scenic Falls of the Ohio, a landmark throughout Indiana history.
  • During the cruise, savor a buffet luncheon and music. Kadie Engstrom, the historian, will be on board to answer group or individual questions.
  • On the motor coach, enjoy a driving tour of historic sites in Jeffersonville, (See descriptions on other side.)
  • In the Ohio River town of New Albany, tour an award-winning site: The Carnegie Center for Art & History. The town’s historic Carnegie Library has been renovated to become the cultural center, which has a contemporary art gallery as well as exhibits about the Underground Railroad and other aspects of the region’s heritage.
  • Enjoy a short motor coach tour of New Albany’s Historic Mansion Row by Jessica Stavros, the director of the Culbertson Mansion. These 19th Century homes were built for the New Albany elite when the Ohio River town was the largest city in Indiana.
  • Tour the Culbertson Mansion, a historic showplace built in 1867 by William Culbertson, who rose from dry goods clerk to the leasing entrepreneur in New Albany. The three-story, Second Empire-style home in the Mansion Row Historic District of New Albany has frescoed ceilings, hand-painted walls, crystal chandeliers and exquisite furnishings. It stands as an example of the tastes, ideals and lifestyle of people during the late 1800s.
  • Enjoy a light dinner reception at the Culbertson Mansion, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Historic Sites on Motor coach tour – some with historic markers – include in Jeffersonville:
Site of 1825 visit by Marquis de Lafayette; former site of the third largest hospital during the Civil War, and departure site in 1803 (near the Falls of Ohio State Park) of Lewis and Clark expedition.

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

Depart: 7:30 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.

Optional departure: Southern Indiana residents can meet us at the Howard Steamboat Museum, 1101 E. Market St., Jeffersonville IN at 9:50 am and will be returned after Culbertson reception.

Return: 8:15 pm (approx.) to Second Presbyterian Church.

Cancellation policy: A $10 cancellation fee applies for any cancellation before April 10, 2017.  After April 11, 2017, recoverable money unless you find a replacement or there is someone on the waitlist to fill your spot.

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:

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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