Upcoming Society events

Family events

An Intergenerational Day
Strawtown Koteewi Park / Taylor Center of Natural History
Noblesville, Indiana
Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Join us for a brand new event, a rain-or-shine day designed to captivate young generations of Pioneers (children and grandchildren of members), although all ages are welcome.

Come explore natural history, Native American history, "birds of prey," White River history... and more!

Arrive by 10:00 a.m. at the Taylor Center for Natural History at Strawtown Koteewi Park north of Noblesville. The center is located at 12308 Strawtown Avenue, Noblesville, IN 46060. (Participants must provide their own transportation.)

The eventful, interactive day will include:

  • A presentation by an expert on Indiana's birds of prey, accompanied by native birds, probably including a hawk, a falcon and an owl.
  • Tours of recreations of Native American structures at Koteewi, where the 780 acres were inhabited long before our Pioneer ancestors arrived.
  • A nature hike at the scenic park, which is on the banks of the White River.
  • A visit by a costumed, historic re-enactor portraying a fur trader in early Indiana.
  • Interactive presentations about compelling artifacts at the natural history center.
  • Gardens of medicinal plants, a box lunch from an Indy-area restaurant and more.

For answers to questions, contact Pioneers board member Andrea Neal by email or by phone (317) 440-7844.

Cost is $25.00 per person before April 1, 2022.
$30.00 per person from April 1 to April 30.
May 1 is the final deadline!

Cost includes presentation costs, box lunch, and donation to the Taylor Center.

To make a reservation, complete the reservation form and mail it, along with a check, to:

Society of Indiana Pioneers
140 N. Senate Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46204


Hoosier Heritage Fall Pilgrimage 2022
The National Road and Opening of the West
August 1-4, 2022

Following the success of our 2019 Pilgrimage to the Cumberland Gap, the Pioneers will continue to explore the migration of our ancestors with a captivating trip along the historic National Road.

Day 1: Monday, August 1, 2022 (lunch & dinner)

Depart: from Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N. Meridian St, Indianapolis IN.

  • En route to Columbus, Ohio, enjoy commentary from pilgrimage committee members and historians Nelson Price and Ronald V. Morris.
  • In Springfield, Ohio, tour the Davidson Interpretive Center, which sits on what was once the largest settlement of Shawnee Indians allied with the British Troops. It was also the site of the Peckuwe Battle of 1780, the largest battle west of the Allegheny Mountains prior to the opening of the Northwest Territory.
  • Lunch (accompanied by German music) at Schmidt's Sausage Haus, a fifth-generation historic landmark.
  • Enjoy a tour of the Ohio Statehouse. Built between 1839-1861, it is one of the oldest working statehouses in the United States. It is a Greek Revival architectural gem.
  • Enjoy two nights at Oglebay Resort in West Virginia with a self-guided tour of the elegant estate of Cleveland industrialist, Earl W. Oglebay. Explore the thirteen room, historic mansion and learn more about the owner's accomplishments followed by dinner.

Day 2: Tuesday August 2, 2022 (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

  • Enjoy a breakfast buffet at the hotel before an early departure for LeMoyne.
  • Tour the LeMoyne House built in 1821. It was a center of Underground Railroad activity in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
  • Lunch at the Drover's Inn Restaurant and Tavern. Completed in 1848 by John Fowler, the three-floor, sixteen- room structure inn opened to travelers and drovers who were moving goods along the toll pike.
  • Albert Gallatin's contributions are highlighted at Friendship Hill National Historic Site, his restored country estate. He is best remembered for his thirteen-year tenure as Secretary of the Treasury during Jefferson and Madison's administrations. Learn about his great contributions and accomplishments with a ranger-guided tour of the house.
  • Return to the Oglebay Resort for a tour of the Glass Museum, and dinner in a private room with music!

Day 3: Wednesday, August 3, 2022 (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

  • Enjoy breakfast before a morning departure to new sites and a different resort.
  • The Battle of Fort Necessity was the opening action of the French and Indian War. See the fort and visitor center.
  • Enjoy a pre-arranged lunch at Penn Alps and stroll the crafts shops.
  • The Chesapeake, Ohio and Cumberland Visitor Center is in the Western Maryland Railway Station and features interactive and educational displays about C&O Canal. Pass through a model of the Paw Paw Tunnel and step back into the heyday of canals. At this location, a bench will hopefully be dedicated by the Society of Indiana Pioneers in recognition of our ancestors.
  • Enjoy a special evening in the 1907 Summit Inn with classic, seasonal mountaintop views. Savor a delightful dinner at the Inn.

Day 4: Thursday, August 4, 2022 (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

  • After breakfast at the hotel, start your journey back to Indy with a brief stop at an S Bridge that was used in early nineteenth century road construction.
  • Enjoy lunch in downtown Zanesville at Bistro B Restaurant. Then head to The National Road and Zane Grey Museum consisting of three main exhibits: the National Road; Zane Grey, "The Father of the Adult Western"; and a great collection of art and ceramic pottery made by Weller, Roseville and Rookwood.
  • Visit the German Village in Columbus, Ohio, known for charming brick houses built while our ancestors were traveling through Ohio. Today it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, becoming the list's largest individually owned and privately funded preservation district. Enjoy commentary from a step-on guide and a stop at an area church.
  • Cap off the four-day tour with a delightful dinner in one of the most unique venues in Columbus. Head down to the hand-hewn limestone vaults of the historic 1875 National Schlee Brewery, where appetizers, salad, entrée, dessert, and a choice of wine or beer will be served. Then head back home on the National Road to the Indiana departure sites.

$897 double occupancy per person
$1,077 single occupancy per person

(includes transportation, three breakfasts, four lunches, four dinners, snacks and drinks on coach, admissions, gratuities to driver and donations to sites)

Registration deadline for Pioneers members and guests: February 25, 2022
(after that date the tour will open to the public)

Minimum 25 travelers; Maximum 48

Cancellation policy

Cancel by June 11, 2022 for full refund. Cancel after June 11, 2022, no refund unless you purchase trip insurance. Call Sue Thomson for travel insurance information. To qualify for a pre-existing health issue, insurance needs to be purchased within 10 days of deposit. Insurance is the traveler's responsibility to book, ask questions and claim a refund. If the tour is canceled by Thomson Travel due to low attendance or other issues, a full refund of money received will be made. Due to unforeseen circumstances, some tour sites may change or be eliminated. Final payment due June 11, 2022.

To make a reservation, download the flyer and complete the form and send it, along with a check payable to:

Thomson Travel
5764 East Fall Creek Parkway North Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46226

For answers to questions, contact Sue Thomson at 317-908-9602 or by email at s.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 - 2021

Fall Pilgrimage 2021: Whitewater River Area of Eastern Indiana & Governor Morton House

Annual Meeting - 2020

Pilgrimage 2019:
Cumberland Gap: Retracing Our Ancestors' Journey

Annual Meeting and Luncheon - 2018

Fall Pilgrimage 2018:
Experience Old Fort Wayne Anew

Spring Pilgrimage 2018:
Willkie Home, Covered Bridges, Historic Mansions & More

Annual Meeting and Luncheon - 2017

Fall Pilgrimage 2017:
Showplace Homes on The Dunes, Michigan City and Crown Point Historic Sites

Spring Pilgrimage 2017:
Ohio River Cruise, Historic Mansions & More

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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