Fall Tour

Discover the life and works of Bess Streeter Aldrich in her hometown of Elmwood, Nebraska. Then enjoy an exhibit of quilts at the International Quilt Museum.

Friday, November 5, 2020
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Tour starts at the Comfort Inn & Suites, 7007 Grover St, Omaha
$85 per person

Price includes coach transportation, guided tours, attraction admissions, driver gratuity, church lunch and afternoon ice cream at UNL dairy store

Tour reservation deadline October 1, 2021 – payment due by October 1, 2021

Highlights: Guided character tour of Bess Streeter Aldrich house - Guided tour of Aldrich museum - Bess Streeter Aldrich mural - Lunch at Elmwood Christian church - Guided tour of International Quilt Museum - Tour of UNL dairy facility followed by ice cream in the dairy store


We visit the small farming community of Elmwood, the hometown of Nebraska author, Bess Streeter Aldrich. She moved to Elmwood with her husband in 1909 after they purchased the town’s American Exchange Bank. In 1925, her husband died and she decided to support herself and children with profits from her writings. Her most famous book, A Lantern in her Hand (1928), was about the settling of pioneers in southeast Nebraska. Today we visit the Aldrich house where she lived and wrote from 1922 to 1946. A knowledgeable guide and actress portrays Aldrich as she takes you on a tour through the house. You will learn about the author and her writings, the history of the home, and get a taste of what life was like when Mrs. Aldrich lived there. You will see many original furniture pieces including her writing desk and other interesting Aldrich memorabilia. After the tour, we will visit the nearby Aldrich museum. The museum contains cases of smaller Aldrich memorabilia including letters, souvenirs from her movie, Cheers for Miss Bishop, and an original A Lantern in Her Hand manuscript.  We will then have lunch at the Elmwood Christian church.  Before leaving Elmwood, we will take a group photo in front of an outdoor street mural honoring the town’s famous author. Our next destination is the International Quilt Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska. We will take a guided tour of quilts that range from American to European, from contemporary to antique. The museum collection now numbers more than 4000 quilts from twenty-four countries, dating from the early 18th century to the present.  Our final stop is the nearby University of Nebraska dairy store. Originally opened in 1917 to provide milk for student dormitories, today the store facilities provide food science students the opportunity to create dairy products like ice cream and cheese. Before departing back to Omaha, we will sample some of their ice cream creations.

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