The Mississippi River tour has surpassed the threshold amount, so it will be held. The Mennonite Countryside Tour will be held, but we still need a few more to sign up for this very interesting and educational tour. ...so please get your registrations in.
1. Mennonite Countryside Tour. Enjoy a guided tour in rural Kalona with Mennonite and Amish shops, and learn the customs of the local Amish group. A family-style home cooked meal at a Mennonite farm home, and a tour of a Mennonite Amish farm, concludes the tour.
2. National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium and the "Spirit of Dubuque" paddleboat in Dubuque, Iowa. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the River Museum, then onto a two-hour lunch cruise on the "Spirit of Dubuque" to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Mississippi.
All tour prices will include bus transportation, and all but the Cedar Rapids tour will include lunch. Tours are subject to change or cancellation, depending on the number of folks that sign up.
3. Sorry, canceled due to lack of pre-registration Cedar Rapids Attractions Tour. Guided tour including the Iowa Masonic Library and Museum, Czech village shops, History Center of Cedar Rapids, walking tour of Usher's ferry which includes a video showing of the historic 2008 flood and a tour of the African American Museum.
4. Sorry, canceled due to lack of pre-registration. Herbert Hoover Presidential Museum and Library. A guided tour of the indoor portion of the Hoover Museum, including the temporary exhibit "Exploring Hoover's Attic", an exhibit of some of the quilts of collector Nancy Pfutzenreuter, and a self-guided tour of the outdoor buildings and a full home cooked meal at a local church.
5. Sorry, canceled due to lack of pre-registration. Stone City and Anamosa. Arrive at the Anamosa State Penitentiary Museum, adjacent to the Anamosa State Penitentiary, "The White Palace of the West." Here how the penitentiary was built, see a replica cell, hear about past inmates of notoriety, and see prison life as it is today. Then on to the Grant Wood Gallery to see a video of Grant Wood's early life, browse the gallery, and hear how he painted each painting. The American Gothic was his most well known painting. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. Optional to replace the Grant Wood Gallery, if desired, is a visit to the National Motorcycle Museum. After lunch we will travel to St. Joseph's Church in Stone City. A guide will tell the story of the church and Stone City: its beginnings as a company town to serve the needs of the quarry and it connection to native artist Grant Wood. From the church, tour the Stone City Quarry. See how the dolomite limestone quarried here is mined and find out why it's so unique. If time permits, we'll visit some of the old buildings in Stone City.