Osher - Special Events

Special Events

Courses & Events

Willkommen to the Kit Kat Club. In this provocative, multiple Tony Award-winning musical, the euphoria of free expression, new relationships, and the seedy nightclub scene slowly fades away against the rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party. An ominous and violent situation begins to emerge; some remain oblivious or apathetic, while others sound the alarm or flee. With grit, dance, and a highly celebrated musical score, Cabaret ultimately proclaims "it can happen here." The University Theatre's unique staging allows for a more immersive experience for audience members. Join us for an exclusive presentation with show director, Markus Potter and the dramaturg/assistant director, Jonah Greene before the performance. 


Sunday, April 23 


1 p.m. - Pre-performance Presentation 


2:30 p.m. - Performance Stage Too!, Crafton-Preyer Theatre in Murphy Hall 1530 Naismith Drive 


Park in Lot 54 at 15th St. and Naismith Drive, directly across the street from Murphy Hall. 


$25 fee includes pre-performance presentation and show. (Transportation on your own.) 


Refunds will be honored on or before April 14 minus a $10 administrative fee.



Sunday, April 23, 2023

It's time to visit the renovated 25,000 square feet of museum exhibit space at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene and see Ike again for the first time. The most recent innovations in technological components and interactives bring Ike and Mamie to life and are guaranteed to pique your interest. 


In addition to seeing historically significant artifacts and hearing stories from the archives, visitors will come away with a better understanding of Ike and Mamie's life stories. Using newly digitized and never-before-seen footage from the National Archives, new minitheaters offer visitors the opportunity to hear Ike's words firsthand on a variety of events and issues from D-Day to world peace. 


There will also be time to visit the Eisenhower boyhood home, Place of Meditation (where the Eisenhower's are buried) and gift shop. For lunch, we'll enjoy the famous family-style dinner and elegant ambiance of Legacy Kansas: Munson's Prime & Brookville Hotel. Before heading home, we'll take a guided bus tour of historic Abilene. On the bus ride to and from Abilene, Anita Tebbe will share stories from her Osher course, "Exploration Time: Discover the Thirteen United States Presidential Libraries and Museums." 


Friday, April 14 


7:40 a.m. - Coach departs the Osher Institute, 1515 St. Andrews Dr., Lawrence 


9 a.m. - Coach picks up travelers at the Manhattan Junction (I-70 & KS-177) 


3:35 p.m. - Arrive back at Manhattan Junction (I-70 & KS-177) 


5 p.m. - Arrive Osher Institute 


$140 fee includes coach transportation, museum admission, guided historic tour around town, lunch and Anita Tebbe's presentation. 


Refunds will be honored on or before March 31 minus a $20 administrative fee.



Friday, April 14, 2023

Join us as we explore Omaha, a stop on the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail. We'll enjoy lunch at Gorat's, a favorite of Warren Buffett, then stop and smell the roses at the Omaha Botanical Center. We'll stroll through Lauritzen Gardens at Omaha Botanical Center and explore the 100-acre oasis on a tram. 


Next is a guided tour of Joslyn Castle, built in 1903 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. We'll stop by St. Cecilia Cathedral to view stained-glass windows from the 16th century and drive by the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. Dinner is on your own in the Historic Downtown Old Market District as you stroll along cobbled streets. 


Arbor Day begins at the Henry Doorly Zoo where you'll choose from the following experiences and enjoy free time to explore at your leisure. The first 42 registrants also get a private tram tour. 

  • A Golf Cart Tour to see popular exhibits from the comfort of the cart as you journey behind-the-scenes from a private service road. Limit 20. (1 spot left)   
  • Go behind the scenes to explore the aquarium from the other side of the glass. Limit 30. 
  • Self-guided time with unlimited rides to include tram, carousel, train, skyfari, and the sting ray beach. 

We'll enjoy Spaghetti Works for lunch before our docent-guided tour at Durham Museum inside Union Station. You'll get to explore the Byron Reed Section, the 3rd largest collection in the world, to view an 1804-coin worth more than 7 million, as well as see a circa 1200AC collection of Gregorian chants. Be sure to make the soda fountain your last stop to enjoy a delicious treat! 


Thursday, April 27, and Friday, April 28 


7 a.m. - Coach departs the Osher Institute, 1515 St. Andrews Dr., Lawrence on Thursday and returns Friday by 7:45 p.m. 


8 a.m. - Coach departs the Edwards Campus, 12600 Quivira Rd., Overland Park on Thursday and returns Friday by 6:45 p.m. 


$495 per person for single occupancy


$435 per person for double occupancy 


Fee includes coach transportation, lodging, museum and admission fees, guided tours, exclusive presentations, one breakfast, two lunches and snacks. 


Refunds will be honored on or before April 10 minus an $80 administrative fee.



April 27-28, 2023

Join us in Osawatomie for a guided tour of the John Brown Museum and the historic Adair cabin, once used by John Brown. We'll enjoy lunch at Memorial Hall and hear from Osher instructor Jim Peters and the great-great niece of John Brown, May Bester. We'll drive by the Old Stone Church and the Soldiers' Monument where John Brown's son Frederick is buried.


Next, we'll visit the Chanute- Wright Brothers Memorial with our Chamber step-on guide. We'll end the day at the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum for guided tours of the gallery and exhibits, and an exclusive Archives Show & Tell. Ranked the No. 1 Museum in Kan., explore it through the lens of these "Kansans with Kodaks." 


Also included is Russ Hutchins' online class, "Martin and Osa Johnson: Life Is a Safari."


Course Description: Between 1917 and 1936, Martin and Osa Johnson of Chanute, Kan., travelled throughout the South Pacific and Africa documenting their adventures with reels of black and white film. In Borneo they encountered headhunters and cannibals, and in Africa Martin filmed close-ups of lions, elephants, rhinos, and zebras while Osa stood close by with a gun at the ready. 


We'll recount their adventures starting in Chanute before heading to more exotic places. We'll review the many books, still photos and documentaries they produced to wide acclaim around the world. Today, the Martin & Osa Johnson Safari Museum in Chanute stands in testament to their work.


Instructor Bio: Russ Hutchins teaches U.S. history, Western civilization, economics, business, philosophy, and business management at Friends University. He is a retired public-school administrator and educator of 40 years.


 Friday, March 31


7 a.m. - Coach departs Edwards Campus, 12600 Quivira Rd., Overland Park to return at 7:45 p.m. 


8 a.m. - Coach departs the Osher Institute, 1515 St. Andrews Dr., Lawrence to return at 6:45 p.m. 


$155 fee includes coach transportation, admission fees, guided tours, presentations, lunch, and Russ Hutchins class on Martin and Osa Johnson. 


Refunds will be honored on or before March 17 minus a $30 administrative fee.



Friday, March 31, 2023

Come relive the excitement, energy, and thrills from December 4, 1956, when four young musicians gathered at Sun Records for one of the greatest jam sessions ever! This thrilling, smash-hit Broadway musical, Million Dollar Quartet, takes you inside the Sun recording studio for an unforgettable night of Rock 'n' Roll bringing together icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. Enjoy "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "That's All Right, Mama," "Sixteen Tons," "Great Balls of Fire," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Who Do You Love," "Hound Dog" and more! When the live band kicks in, you'll want to get up and boogie. Enjoy lunch and an exclusive Outreach Post- Show Talkback presented by a New Theatre professional. 


Wednesday, May 3 


11 a.m. - Arrive at New Theatre & Restaurant 9229 Foster St., Overland Park 3:45 p.m. - Depart 


$75 fee includes lunch, show and exclusive presentation (Transportation on your own.) 


Refunds will be honored on or before April 12 minus a $20 administrative fee.



Wednesday, May 3, 2023, New Theatre and Restaurant

This guided tour takes us by scores of Historic Sites with photo stops. You'll be treated to a first-person account by Octave Chanute, the civil engineer who designed and built the 1869 Hannibal Railroad Bridge. Learn about the man who mentored the Wright Brothers and has a town in Kansas named in his honor. Explore sites like the Santa Fe Trail Ruts, Satchel Paige's Grave, Case Overlook Park, the Missouri River Boardwalk, Lewis and Clark campsite, and others. Learn the stories behind KC's 8th Street cable car tunnel, Quantrill, Union Station Massacre, KC's first skyscraper, Thomas Swope and his murder, Nell Donnelly Reed's company and her kidnapping, the Battle of Westport, Political Boss Tom Pendergast, the NFL's longest game, and KC as the BBQ Capital of the World. We'll enjoy lunch at Minsky's pizza located in the historic downtown City Market.


Friday, February 17 


8 a.m. - Coach departs the Osher Institute, 1515 St. Andrews Dr., Lawrence and returns by 4 p.m. 


9 a.m. - Coach departs Edwards Campus, 12600 Quivira Rd., Overland Park and returns by 3 p.m. 


$125 fee includes coach transportation, tour guide, and lunch. 


Refunds will be honored on or before February 1 minus a $20 administrative fee.



Friday, February 17, 2023

Join us at the Roasterie Coffee Company in Kansas City for an experience you won't soon forget. Take a behind-the-scenes tour to learn the history of coffee brewing and see a live demonstration. Watch as your coffee is roasted, blended, and packaged. Witness the craft cold brew process as it goes from brewing to canning. Sample the coffee as you chat with the baristas. And don't forget to use your ten percent-off coupon in the gift shop as you take home a piece of Kansas City! After the tour you'll be treated to an exclusive presentation" Coffee: Origins and Evolutions of a Cup of Joe," by Tom Schmiedeler. It's all things coffee. And it's just for you!


 Tuesday, March 7 


9:45 a.m. - Arrive at The Roasterie Coffee Company, 1204 W. 27th St., Kansas City, Mo. 


11:45 a.m. - Depart (Lunch on your own) 


3:30 p.m. - Exclusive presentation at the Osher Institute, 1515 St. Andrews Dr., Lawrence, or online via Zoom. 


$55 fee includes guided tour, tasting and exclusive presentation. (Transportation on your own.) 


Refunds will be honored on or before February 27 minus a $15 administrative fee.



Tuesday, March 7, 2023

We begin our trip to the state's largest city with a stop at Keeper of the Plains, a 44-foot-tall steel sculpture overlooking the point where the Big and Little Arkansas rivers join. We'll visit the Mid-America All-Indian Museum, home to Blackbear Bosin's largest public collection. 


Next up is Botanica Wichita to enjoy lunch and an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the 1949 Joyland Carousel restoration project. We'll take a guided walking tour to see what's blooming and explore the history and unique aspects of the gardens, and ride on the Khicha Family carousel! 


Our visit to the Museum of World Treasures includes a docent-led tour exploring everything from dinosaurs to ancient civilizations to American history and wars. A chamber step-on-guide will join us as we explore some of the 100 murals keeping urban art alive and well in Wichita. We end the day with a walking guided tour downtown for a close-up view of the whimsical and playful Georgia Gerber's bronze sculptures that dot the Wichita landscape. We'll stay at Hotel at Old Town and enjoy dinner on your own as you explore the pulse of Wichita. 


Friday we'll begin with a guided tour of our hotel, once the largest warehouse in the world, and a former warehouse for Keen Kutter, an early 20th-century distributor of hardware, tools, dishes, and sporting goods. Next, we'll stop at the Wichita Art Museum for a docent-led tour to view collections spanning three centuries. You'll have time to explore on your own and enjoy 20% off in the gift shop! 


After lunch at the Museum, we'll explore the Frank Lloyd Wright Allen House accompanied by our tour guide. We end the day at the Kansas Aviation Museum for a guided tour including a view from the control tower, one of the highest points in Wichita before enjoying dinner on the bus. 


Thursday, March 23, and Friday, March 24 


6 a.m. - Coach departs the Edwards Campus, 12600 Quivira Rd., Overland Park on Thursday and returns Friday by 8:50 p.m. 


7 a.m. - Coach departs the Osher Institute, 1515 Saint Andrews Dr., Lawrence on Thursday and returns Friday by 7:50 p.m. 


$465 per person for single occupancy; $410 per person for double occupancy 


Fee includes coach transportation, lodging, museum, gallery and admission fees, guided tours, exclusive presentations, carousel ride, one dinner, two lunches, and one breakfast. 


Refunds will be honored on or before March 8 minus an $80 administrative fee.



March 23-24, 2023