Join us as we explore many of the unique sites in Concordia. We'll visit the Cloud County Historical Museum which preserves and exhibits objects and documents of historical items representing early-day Kansas. Records are on display of the military Prisoner of War Camp, churches, organizations, schools, and businesses.
While enjoying lunch you will be treated to a presentation about the history of Cloud County. We'll spend time at the Whole Wall Mural, the longest sculpted brick mural in the U.S. which is 140 feet in length. This incredible piece of public art depicts the history of Cloud County.
Next, we'll visit Camp Concordia, a prisoner of war camp for captured Germans, which was maintained a few miles north of Concordia during World War II. At its peak, the Camp housed 4,000 German prisoners and 1,000 military and civilian staff. We'll stop by the large T-9 warehouse where the POW Museum is located and see the original guard house that has been restored. Lowell May, author of Camp Concordia: German P.O.W.s in the Midwest will serve as our tour guide offering insights and additional information.
Concordia is the home of the national Orphan Train complex, housed in the restored historical Union Pacific Railroad Depot. The Orphan Train Museum pays tribute to a partnership forged with the railroads in which infants and children, orphaned or abandoned, were systematically relocated away from large cities by two of New York's Largest orphanages, the Children's Aid Society, and the New York Foundling Home. We'll tour the museum and research center dedicated to the preservation of stories and artifacts of those who were part of the Orphan Train Movement from 1854 to 1929.
Our last stop will be at the Brown Grand Theatre, a fully outfitted opera house restored to its original 1907 state which now serves as a tourist attraction and performing arts/community center.
Friday, April 29
7:30 a.m. - Coach departs the Osher Institute, 1515 St. Andrews Dr., Lawrence
6:45 p.m. - Arrive back at Osher Institute
$120 fee includes coach transportation, museum admissions, guided tours, presentations, snacks, and lunch.
Friday, April 29, 2022