The 2018 Explore Kansas trip Saturday, June 2, will venture slightly to the north for an exclusive Explore Kansas…and Nebraska tour that includes learning and stops in Concordia and Republic, Kansas, and Beatrice, Nebraska.
- Village Tours charter roundtrip bus service with 6:45 a.m. departure.
- Breakfast burritos, juice and coffee at Concordia.
- Historian John Sharp will join for Plains storytelling.
- A Concordia stop that includes National Register of Historic Place locations and the longest sculpted brick mural in the U.S. at the Cloud County Museum Annex as well as the National Orphan Train Complex, a 75-year history of the movement that took 250,000 east coast city orphans to rural communities across the U.S.
- The Pawnee Indian Village State Historic Site (Republic, Kan.) tells the story of an original 1700’s earthen village lodge site for an indigenous Central Plains tribe.
- Lunch and learning at Runza in Fairbury, Neb., the classic cabbage sandwich (bierock) restaurant of Nebraska since 1949. It’s changed with the times and now offers much more!
- The National Homestead Monument (Beatrice, Neb.). Spend the afternoon with docent/video presentations, stroll the Freeman Homestead tallgrass prairie and tour the monument and education centers. The Homestead Act turned over 270 million acres for pioneers “to have a chance.”
- End the day with Nebraska’s classic Italian tradition – Valentinos! A wonderful buffet awaits, as well as hearing the story of how this restaurant chain got started in 1957.
- Estimated 9 p.m. Hesston arrival and dreams of future Explore Kansas!
Be part of this fun and educational trip for $95 per person! Reservations encouraged ASAP, and no later than Friday, May 25 (no refunds past this date). To register, call 620-327-8147 or 866-437-7866. Pay by check or credit card. First come, first served!